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BJP takes copycat jibe after Congress uses ‘Ab Ki Baar...’ catchphrase

In what is allegedly reminiscent of a popular catchphrase used during Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial campaign, a section of Congress workers has put up banners in the state capital with “Ab Ki Baar Harish Rawat Sarkar” inscribed on them.

dehradun Updated: Nov 04, 2016 20:29 IST
Neha Pant
A poster saying 'Abki Baar Harish Rawat Sarkar' in Dehradun.
A poster saying 'Abki Baar Harish Rawat Sarkar' in Dehradun.(HT Photo)

In what is allegedly reminiscent of a popular catchphrase used during Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial campaign, a section of Congress workers has put up banners in the state capital with “Ab Ki Baar Harish Rawat Sarkar” inscribed on them.

This has invited jibes from the opposition BJP which has accused the Congress of “lifting” the saffron party’s poll peg ‘Ab Ki Baar Modi Sarkar’ (it’s going to be Modi’s government this time) used in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha poll.

Reacting to the banners, BJP state unit spokesperson Vinay Goyal said, “Even copying something needs brains.”

“The Congress is completely bankrupt when it comes to originality and this (catchphrase) clearly proves their lack of creativity,” he said.

“Our slogan had a high recall value and found resonance with large sections of the society, so much so that it became synonymous with (Narendra) Modi ji. It is now for all to see (how the) Congress is trying to capitalise on similar-sounding words,” Goyal said.

It is worth mentioning that the BJP has alleged the Uttarakhand unit of the Congress of “imitating” its plans in the past, too.

“Whenever we announced any programme or plan like Pardafash Yatra and Parivartan Yatra, the Congress was quick to follow it up with something similar.

“Recently, as soon as we announced our plan to bring in (BJP chief) Amit Shah to Uttarakhand for a rally, the Congress immediately said that it will bring (party vice-president) Rahul Gandhi,” Goyal said.

Congress spokesperson Sanjay Bhatt, however, denied the allegations that the slogan was “copied” from the BJP.

“It is a general phrase of the Hindi language and anybody can use it. If the BJP has any problem, why doesn’t it get a copyright for it?” he said.

Bhatt also denied allegations that the Congress had lifted any programme ideas from the main opposition party in the state. “It’s election time and obviously every party will hold its own programmes. What’s there to be copied?”

Notably, campaigning has got a momentum in the hill state that goes to the polls early next year.