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Being ‘friends’ with the Congress and BJP

india Updated: Apr 17, 2009 12:00 IST
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Both Congress and the BJP are doing their best to woo voters in the election season. They are also competing with each other in making friends. While there is a ‘friends of Congress’ website, there is a ‘friends of BJP’ website to counter it, or is it the other way around?



The website for Congress’ “friends”( www.friendsofCongress.com )has blog posts by some of its urbane faces like Milind Deora, Jairam Ramesh and Kapil Sibal, which are strangely referred to as “guest” blogs. Well, whoever hosts the website, one would have thought these poster-boys (or men!) of the party would feel very much at home and would be true friends of the Congress instead of mere “guests”.



The site has a survey section, which asks what the top priority of the new government should be and gives ten options to choose from, ranging from security to economy, education etc. 25% have said security, followed by unemployment at 14.6%. Well, given the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government’s record on internal security, the party sure should be worried about the survey results!



By the way, the comments on the blogs start with “I agree”. Surprising that nobody who disagrees with the Congress is visiting this site to express his/her views. Or perhaps, there is no place for those who disagree.



Coming to the website for BJP’s friends ( www.friendsofbjp.org ). The site does not seem to have any blogs, perhaps a conscious effort to not steal the thunder for prime minister in waiting L K Advani’s blog.



The website has decided to enlighten its ‘friends’. ‘Action Idea: Host Drawing Room Conversations’, reads a heading. The text revolves around how one can start a drawing room conversation to tell people why the BJP is a better option and goes on to provide links to sections like ‘Why the BJP’, ‘BJP manifesto’, ‘Why middle India matters’ and so on, to convince the “drawing room” target.



Well, whether these elaborate attempts by the two main national parties to tap every possible section of voters will pay off would be known only on 16 May. Till then, decide who would make a better friend!