The ruling Congress has plastered the state with cartoons ridiculing Prime Minister Narenda Modi ahead of his trip to push BJP’s mission of winning the forthcoming assembly election.
“Aahise sapunor sadagor gagan fola bhashonere pratisruti diboloi… tenga aam punor besiboloi?” taunts one of the posters bearing a caricature of Modi.
These Assamese phrases translate into: “The dream merchant is coming to pierce the sky with lofty promises… will he sell you sour mangoes again?”
Another poster asks in rhyme: “Development or destruction? The PM tours the world as price-rise reduces the country to ashes.”
The Congress has also mocked Modi’s ‘fetish for signature suits’, as a banner reads: “Your Rs 15 lakh did not come because he purchased his suit-boots.”
The campaign is aimed at BJP’s ‘pretentious love’ for Assam too, as evident from a poster that says: “What have the PM and Delhi-based BJP ministers actually given Assam after 210 visits?”
The new series, launched after the mid-January Magh or Bhogali Bihu, shows Modi as an agitated but confused leader. These posters are unlike the Congress’ New Year campaign that were more general and borrowed from popular Bollywood films.