Modi is like the cat who plays with the mouse before going in for the kill. He told the people of Belgaum, “you are lucky to hear the prime minister speak. In Delhi, he never speaks. At least he spoke in Karnataka.” “But he speaks only what has been given to him in writing,” indicating that Manmohan Singh did not have a mind of his own but spoke HMV!
Remember “Maa kehti thi ki raat ko, beta so, so ja nahi tho…”?
Yes, sometimes he also reminded one of the imperious tone of Gabbar Singh played by Amjad Khan.
But at other times, his pitch was like that of Thakur Baldev Singh played by Sanjeev Kumar. “Yeh haath mujhe de-de Gabbarrrr….”
Indeed, Modi is a showman, an Amitabh Bachchan, a Sanjeev Kumar, an Amjad Khan, all rolled into one, and perfect at that.
He does his homework (or helicopter work) well and by the time he reaches the venues, he knows what he should deliver to get the maximum desired impact.
Sometimes he works up the crowd, teases them, excites them, but gives them all their monies’ worth.
He has the crowds eating out his hands. And they respond to him all to easily. He connects with the people, standing on the centre of the stage, unlike those who stand behind glass cages.
The first thing is he gets personal with the crowd. In Belgaum, he took the mike (two were offered, he said one is enough) and said, “can you hear me? Even those standing far away?” Then he goes on to apologise for making them wait in the searing summer heat to hear him. The roar from the crowd indicates they did not mind.
In the coastal city of Mangalore, he apologised to the people by saying that he could not speak in Kannada, but by the time he reached Belgaum, he not only taught himself Kannada, but also Marathi. His opening remarks greeting the people received loud cheers. Of course, for obvious reasons, his Marathi was far better than his Kannada: There were even louder cheers when he spoke in Marathi.
But to avoid the charge of any discrimination, he switched to Hindi for the main speech, but not before first invoking the “pavithra dharti (pure land)” of Basavanna, Rani Chenamma, et al. The crowd started cheering.
Modi is like the cat who plays with the mouse before going in for the kill.
Manmohan Singh had addressed a meeting here earlier. He told the people of Belgaum, “you are lucky to hear the prime minister speak. In Delhi, he never speaks. At least he spoke in Karnataka.”
“But he speaks only what has been given to him in writing,” indicating that Manmohan Singh did not have a mind of his own but spoke out HMV! (For today’s generation, HMV was a big music company that manufactured vinyl discs. On the disc was HMV’s logo: A dog listening to His Master’s (or in this case also His Mistress’) Voice! (Read about HMV on Wiki)
Modi also took jibes at Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul. To her charge that Rs 80,000 was sent to Karnataka for development and her question about where that money went, Modi said, the money was not from the Congress party’s kitty; it was from the tax that the people of Karnataka had paid to the centre.
“This is not dahej or varadakshina or dowry,” he thundered.
“Whatever money that was sent and utilised, every paisa was accounted for, and these accounts were available in Delhi for everyone to see.”
He also brought in “Mr Golden Spoon”, reminding Rahul that when his father became the prime minister, there was no BJP government anywhere. Right from Parliament to Panchayat, the Congress party held the sway.
Yet Rajiv Gandhi complained that out of every Re 1 that the government spent, only 15 paise reached the poor.
“Which hand (referring to the Congress party’s symbol) was looting the 85 paise,” Modi demanded to know.
Modi said the situation was the same now. But, he indicated, while the BJP governments were efficiently spending the money, the Congress party-ruled states were suffering.
He depicted the Congress party as evil. The Congress was a curse like Rahu and Ketu and the Congress was like an eclipse that could darken Karnataka.
Therefore, he reminded to vote for the lotus, the BJP’s symbol, reminding that lotus was the symbol of Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. “Without Lakshmi, there can be no progress,” he added for good measure.