Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sunday: Road to a convention

Today was the day of the Congress parties show of strength at Bangalore. It showed its strength by capturing pavements, getting buses from far flung villages to the centre of the city and it did show that it had the strength to create traffic jams. Buses were sent in from different parts of Karnataka for the convention. From my area for instance I saw 3 buses pick up construction workers. The cab driver told me that further inward, there were many more such buses. The standard tactic for shows of strengths!

I had the opportunity to travel on the path from the outskirts of Bangalore to near Palace grounds, the venue for any "show of strength" event. Littered or should I say, decorating the road were lots of posters, banners, placards, flags welcoming one person, a certain Sonia Gandhi. Incidentally, photos of Indira Gandhi, Nehru, Rajeev Gandhi where conspicious by their presence, while those of a certain Lal Bahadur Shastri or even a PV Narasimha Rao were so absent that you would want to believe they were from either a different party or a different planet.

Oh, by the way, if you were wondering or if you were a newbie to India and wondered what was a certain Manmohan Singhs standing in the party vis a vis Sonia Gandhi, then, the answer for you was very clear from the posters. On an average, Mr. Singhs photograph showed up in 1 out of 10 (or 50 posters) and his photo was usually stamp size, while Sonia Gandhis picture was always life size, cut out like or of similar size.

1 comment:

Paddy said...

Its an another way politicians are hijacking the Ganeshotsav. The place where I stay is now sponsored - not sure if the pay but their banners do exist - are of politicians; of MLA's and MLC's you have never seen. These hoardings get immersed just to resurface in another form.