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Leaders become joke of the day

Neha Arora, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, April 11, 2014
First Published: 09:39 IST(11/4/2014) | Last Updated: 09:41 IST(11/4/2014)

As the Lok Sabha election anxiety gets more serious, the voters are getting funnier messages and pictures on socialnetworking websites and mobile-phone applications such as WhatsApp. Catchy one-liners, besides cartoons and amusing images are the flavour of the season.

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Some of the popular punch lines end in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slogan “Abki baar Modi sarkar”, to rhyme with all sorts of lines from “Twinkle twinkle little star” to “Dekha hai pehli baar saajan ki aankhon me pyaar”; “Arvind K paas hai Wagon R”; “Chutney ke bina dhokla hai bekar”; “Alok Nath ji sikhayenge NaMo sanskar”; “Khane ke baad khatte dakaar”; and “Biwi ne manga motiyon ka haar”.

Facebook page “Abki Baar Modi Sarkar Trolls”, which mocks politicians, has received more than 1-lakh likes.

Jokes taking a dig at the Badals for broken roads and other problems have gone viral on the social media. “These funny takes on politics are the topic of discussion among youngsters on social-networking websites,” said active user Amit Sethi.

Youngsters are uploading satires on leaders like never before, some as a revenge for common man’s problems and the others to mock political statements.

Sample this Internet joke: “Badal kehanda Rahul ne ta cycle nahi chalaya, sarkar ki chalau (Badal says Rahul can’t even run a bicycle, how will he run the country?). Badal kehra roj Naina Devi janda reha cycle te (As if Badal has been cycling uphill to Naina Devi shrine everyday!)”

A picture of Manmohan Singh runs with the caption: “Can’t speak; WhatsApp only.” Another shot of Rahul Gandhi shows him reading a book titled “Success Story of Gujarat” by Narendra Modi. The messages cautions voters against being fooled by the hype built around leaders.

In one of the jokes, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is quoted saying to his son, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal: “Beta ji votan pai gayiya te hun appa bijli nai deni (votes are polled, now we don’t require to keep giving them electricity).”

The Aam Aadmi Party wallpaper campaign in the social-networking media features its election symbol, “Jhaadu” (broom), with the catch line: “Time to clean up India, jeet AAP ki hogi”.

If you thought poll dance couldn’t be more brazen, there’s Manmohan Singh saying: “Baby doll main Soniya di”, and on another poster, Rahul saying to his mother: “We have an empty hand, while AAP has something useful in it.”

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