Poll mania: AAP, PAAP and post-poll graffiti

  • Nirupama Dutt, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 15, 2015 11:59 IST

The election time is people’s time, and so is the week post the declaration of poll results. But, never has there been so much of merriment like the past week of celebrations and jubilations as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) literally swept the Delhi polls.

Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and whatever you have, people had a gala time with graffiti, cartoons, rhymes and jokes. The momentum had built up slowly but surely, with left-of-the-road poet Asad Zaidi calling out to friends on Facebook:
“Interesting times! Stuck (again) with AAP and TINA! February 7 is getting nearer.”

A normal conversation proceeded like this: “These guys will never learn!” The reply is: “Never mind, just go and vote. Don’t let the Nazis grab Delhi too”. Then the query: “And bring same jokers back to power?” “Yes!” “You never know what they will do next!” “But you know what the Parivar will do!”

On February 10, the poet posted a line from a vintage Bollywood number on his Facebook timeline: “Begaani shaadi mein Abdullah diwana! Kuchh aisi hi kaifiyat hai apni.”

With ‘Aap’ as the catchword, Hindi film songs made for quotable quotes, with the favourite ones being: “AAP jaisa koi meri zindagi mein aaye, AAP aaye bahar aayi, Karvatein badalte rahe saari raat hum, AAP ki kasam and AAP yahan aaye kis liye.”

Interestingly, victory in the elections means party time, but this time, the flavour of the post-poll is — “Drinks: AAPsolute Vodka; dress code: muffler; and non-drinkers will get cough syrup.”

Yet another classic one goes thus, Modi: “Mere paas 3 seat hai. Kejri: OLX pe bech de!” Caricaturists have had a field day with the Muffler Man, and one of the funny ones is Kejriwal, sitting in a gleeful pose, saying, “What a great time I had. Not a single slap this time!” Another one has him with a broom tucked under his arm pushing a garbage cart full of vanquished BJP leaders and the caption announced: “Dilli Swachhta Abhiyan.”

The broom has become a favourite motif with the cartoonists, and also an antenna for the promised free Wi-Fi. There is also a lot of fun and play with the two namesakes: Kirron (Kiran) Kher and Kiran Bedi.

Chandigarh’s witty senior painter Balvinder Singh quips: “If one Kiran had a fluke in Chandigarh, the other Kiran was bound to fail. Kaath ki haandi bar bar nahin aag pey charh sakti Modi-Shahji!”

The other one on the defeated namesake is: “Kejriwal to host Coughy with Kiran at 9pm today.”

My favourite of the AAP jokes, however, is: “Pakistan has also started a new party after taking inspiration from AAP. It is called the PAAP (Pakistan Aam Aadmi Party). The PAAP has declared its intention of forming an alliance with the LET (Lashkar-e-Taiba). Eventually this alliance will be known as PAAPLET. nirudutt@gmail.com (The writer is a prominent art and culture critic.)

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