Congress releases ads with ‘Slumdog’ song

Congress releases ads with ‘Slumdog’ song
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First Published: Fri, Mar 13 2009. 10 24 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Mar 13 2009. 10 24 PM IST
New Delhi: Hoping to cash in on the popularity of the Oscar winning song ‘Jai Ho’ from the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, the ruling Congress party on Friday released three advertisements with songs from the film.
The party said the short films focused on its heritage and achievements of the party-led United Progressive Alliance government.
However, the photo of former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, during whose regime the country had started the liberalization process, was not in the gallery of prime ministers from the Congress party. A party leader said on condition of anonymity that Rao’s reference had deliberately been removed to “respect the sentiments” of the Muslim community . The 16th century Babri Masjid mosque was demolished in 1992 during Rao’s tenure as the prime minister.
Amethi member of parliament and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi also does not figure in the three films. “He will be there in the real and the main campaign,” Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh told media persons. Official spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said the party would release more films.
—Liz Mathew
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Sonia Gandhi releases stamp on KK Birla
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday released a commemorative stamp on industrialist and former Rajya Sabha member K.K. Birla.
Speaking on the occasion, she said Birla was one of the great pillars of Indian industry who took active role in the task of nation building. “He had proved that business was not only for profit making but also for supporting social causes,” she said
Birla is a former chairperson of HT Media Ltd, publisher of Mint and the Hindustan Times.
—Staff writer
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First Published: Fri, Mar 13 2009. 10 24 PM IST