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Modi’s Sholay ‘ishtyle’

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!

His (or Her) Master's Voice

His (or Her) Master’s Voice

Parkala Observer: Shrikant N ShenoyWhile listening today to Narendra Modi’s speeches, particularly in Belgaum, his style of delivery reminded one of dialogues from the all-time Bollywood blockbuster Sholay.

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.

HMV's vinyl disc

HMV’s vinyl disc

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.

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The muck stops here!

It is not say that the BJP rule was without a few warts here and there, but to say that the Congeress party’s rule would be utopian is stretching the argument beyond the boundaries of the electoral stadium.

The Congress troika comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flanked by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi

The Congress troika comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flanked by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi

Parkala Observer: Shrikant N ShenoyWhen top Congress party leaders attacked the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka during their election speeches, mainly on corruption, they tried their level best to appear sincere.

All the top three party leaders, president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, attacked the BJP on several fronts, but corruption was the lead topic for the speeches.

There was no hint of irony in their speeches. In today’s world of 24x7x365 news complemented by social media, was it very naive thinking on part of these leaders to imagine that Karnataka was very far from New Delhi and the people would not know how that the Congress party-led central government was drowning in a cesspool of scams?

The first off on corruption issue was the youngest of the lot, the Congress party’s heir-apparent for Singh’s position, Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul said the BJP in Karnataka had broken “world record” in corruption. This was followed by similar charges made by Sonia and Singh.

People of Karnataka very well know that the present UPA dispensation led by Manmohan Singh has been the most corrupt government since independence in 1947. Almost every voter in Karnataka knows about the monumental scams, be it the CWG, 2G, Coalgate, JijaG… There are many more scams that the Congress party is mired in.

The people also know how the Congress party has been trying to deceive the legal system to protect its own ministers in the various scams, and the latest being developments in Coalgate, where the needle of suspicion points to the prime minister himself.

They also point out that there was no stability in Karnataka with frequent change of chief ministers. First it was D V Sadananda Gowda — who succeeded B S Yeddyurappa after he was forced to step down following the Lokayukta report in the mining scam — and then came Jagadish Shettar.

They forgot to mention their own central government is depending on the diminishing oxygen being supplied by Mulayam and Mayawati, rivals in Uttar Pradesh.

They also forgot to mention neighbouring Maharashtra. Take a look at this, Ashok Chavan succeeded Vilasrao Deshmukh in 2008, followed by Prithviraj Chavan. Can anyone say Deshmukh and Chavan did not face any serious allegations.

Look at Andhra Pradesh, another neighbouring state, also run by the Congress party. The government is on the brink of a collapse with Kiran Kumar Reddy perceived as a weak chief minister with about six or seven of his cabinet ministers facing criminal chargesheets by Manmohan Singh’s own Central Bureau of Investigation. (That the CBI is proceeding at a snail’s pace is another issue). One minister has already landed in jail.

The lead Congress campaigners also pointed out to the drought situation and how the BJP has allegedly mismanaged it. Again, they forgot to mention Maharashtra and how hundreds of farmers have been committing suicide regularly.

They also forgot to mention that in Maharashtra, many villages receive water only once in a week or 10 days with the help of water tankers and that all tanker contracts have been cornered by their own ruling dispensation’s henchmen with money being exchanged under the tables.

They also forgot to mention that the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra said that they will urinate in reservoirs so as to provide the suffering people with “drinking water”.

Do the people of Karnataka need to drink the urine of Congressmen to satiate their thirst?

That the drought was the result of the failure of the rains is another issue, but the Congress has been completely silent as to how they would have tackled the drought issue.

Karnataka politicians have been screaming foul on the Cauvery dispute and delegation after delegation met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for help. Instead, what they got was his trademark silence.

They also spoke on the issue of power supply and how the BJP government had failed to provide regular power supply, but again, they forgot how Andhra Pradesh is drowned in darkness. It is another matter that of the southern states comprising also Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Karnataka is faring much better on this front.

They also failed to mention how the Congress party-led UPA government failed to provide coal linkages — if not outright denial — to Karnataka so as to help the state overcome the power generation problem.

The troika also talked about lack of security in Karnataka and how women and minorities were feeling a sense of fear.

But they failed to mention that New Delhi, which is under their watch, today is considered India’s crime capital and no woman dares to step out of their homes after 6:00 pm. Compare this with Bangalore, where women feel safe even going out even after 10:00 pm.

It is not say that the BJP rule was without a few warts here and there, but to say that the Congress party’s rule would be utopian is to stretch the argument beyond the boundaries of the electoral stadium.

Probably the leaders ensconced in their ivory towers in India’s capital did not hear the old adage: “The muck stops here!” My apologies for that one letter change.

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