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‘Dancers’ emerge as crowd-pullers in political rallies

punjab Updated: Apr 22, 2014 13:58 IST
Vandana Singh
Vandana Singh
Hindustan Times
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Lowering the spirit of democracy, political parties like Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Congress have stooped to a “new low” by inventing a new way to pull the crowd in the political meetings by inviting professional dancers and tapping their feet on Bollywood item numbers like “Baby doll mein sone di” or “Fevicol se”.

The idea is to attract more and more crowd to rallies through entertainment and that’s the reason some politicians are inviting dancers in their rallies.

On Sunday, state PWD minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon organised a meeting with people for SAD-BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib, Kulwant Singh, at Ramnagar 33 ft Road.

The main attraction of this meeting was dancers, who performed on the stage on Punjabi hit numbers before and after Dhillon’s speech who urged voters to vote in favour of Kulwant Singh and promised “many more things” after his victory.

Mukesh Kumar, name changed on request, who runs a shop just beside the venue where Dhillon held the meeting, said, “I was surprised when I peep out of my shop and saw two women dancers dancing on Punjabi songs during the political meeting. I think it was a strategy of the leader to attract crowd.”

He also added such strategies were cheap and big leaders like Dhillon should not rely on such fictitious ways to persuade people.

Vimal, (name changed on request), who runs a ‘rehri’ in the area, said, “I don’t know much Punjabi so I could not understand much of what Dhillon sahab said, but I fully enjoyed the dance programme organised by the minister.”

Similarly, the dance show was the main attraction in a political meeting of Lok Sabha candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu in Jawahar Camp on Sunday and Sherpur on Monday. In his rally, Congress members, along with dancers, taped their feet on item songs on the stage.

Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, denying from any dance performance during the meeting, said, “We believe in values and such things are not promoted by our party. We don’t need to resort to such practices to bring crowd our rallies or meetings as people are showering love from all the ways where we are going.”

Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Congress MLA, Ludhiana West, said that the dancers performed on patriotic songs on the stage. “However, when they tried to sing some filmy song, I stopped them on the spot as such things are not promoted by our party.”