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Rahul Gandhi’s poll chances and Hazare’s righteous wrath

Election round-up brings to you daily commentary on what the world is saying about the coming Lok Sabha polls

Anna Hazare continued on his roadshow. The latest target of his righteous wrath is old friend Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party. Hazare, according to The New Indian Express, said that Kejriwal is “no different from the other political leaders in the system". Hazare also recently backed out of an alliance with Mamata Banerjee citing the presence of “many unwanted elements in her party."

Perhaps Hazare should consider starting a fresh political party. After all, The Business Standardreported on Wednesday, there is no paucity of interesting election symbols still open for takers. These include “the almirah, the air conditioner, a batsman, chappals (slippers), doli (palanquin), a harmonium" and many others.

How ironic, meanwhile, that some of the most sought after electoral candidates are scions of erstwhile royal families and kingdoms. The Daily Mail profiles several nawabs, princes and princesses in the fray for a Lok Sabha seat. “More than anything, they bank on their family legacy," the paper says, “and more often than not, the magic works."

At the opposite end of the social privilege continuum CPI(M) politburo member S. Ramachandran Pillai has dismissed any chance of the Left parties supporting a Congress bid for government after these polls. Pillai did not mince his words, as reported by The Hindu, when he said: “The idea of supporting the Congress arises only if there is a Congress party to be supported after the election." Ouch.

“Modi talks lions, roars at Sonia, goofs up on Tansen" is the headline of a report on Hindustantimes.com. The website reports that Modi, at a meeting in Rewa, said: “Sidhi from where Tansen learnt music and began his career had a close relation with Vadnagar where I was born. Tansen went to Vadnagar to learn Raag Malhar from sisters Tana and Riri." A local historian, however, disagrees: “Tansen used to sing in the court of King Rewa. He never visited Sidhi though Sidhi was then under Rewa princely state." It remains to be seem how many votes this faux pas will cost in Rewa.

Meanwhile, the Deccan Chronicle investigates what the stars have to say about Rahul Gandhi’s poll chances. According to the experts at GaneshaSays.com, the newspaper reports, Gandhi’s chances don’t look good: “Rahul Gandhi is currently under the influence of Mars Mahadasha and Jupiter Bhukti. Mars is placed in the star of Rahu and Jupiter is retrograde in the ascendant. Jupiter owns the 6th house (house of enemy) in his chart and this planetary aspect would be a major roadblock for him. So, the general election shall turn out to be a big electoral test for RaGa."

But hey, at least Gandhi seems to have cornered an endorsement from cousin and political nemesis Varun Gandhi. Livemint.com reports that Varun Gandhi recently praised his cousin’s work in Amethi: “Rahul is doing good work through his self-help groups for ameliorating the lot of women and added that he would like to follow it in his constituency." However Varun was later quick to clarify that these comments were not an endorsement. Rahul Gandhi meanwhile has said that: “Varun sahi kah rahe hain (what Varun says is correct)."

Laugh all you want at Rakhi Sawant, but the ABP News website reminds us that the actor is a shrewd businesswoman. Sawant’s declared assets are comparable to those of Sonia Gandhi, no less. “According to the official information submitted by both to Election Commission during filing their nominations, Rakhi Sawant has property of 14.69 crore while the Congress chief has assets worth 15 crore (approx)."

And finally in Indore, unknown miscreants vandalized posters of Rahul Gandhi, informs The Times of India. The Congress has offered a cash prize of 5,000 for the identities of the poster-vandals. Party spokesperson Narendra Saluja said, “Criticizing political opponents is fine but one should maintain dignity." Workers later washed the posters with milk in a dignified, democratic fashion.

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