Narendra Modi: 500, Arvind Kejriwal: 100. If the sale of mobile-phone covers is used as a scale for measuring and comparing the two political leaders' popularity¸ the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) prime ministerial candidate is the clear winner, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader is a far-off second.
A Ludhiana-based businessman, Rajwinder Singh, is making quite a killing by selling mobile-phone covers carrying pictures of political leaders like Modi, Kejriwal and even Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy, Sukhbir Singh Badal. So far, Singh claims, Modi is leading. "So far, at least 500 pictures of Narendra Modi have been inscribed on the mobile-phone covers procured from China," he says. The figure for the recently introduced Kejriwal cover is 100.
With Modi's much-anticipated 'Fateh Rally' in Jagraon on Sunday, the orders have only increased. "We are flooded with orders for mobile-phone covers with his picture, especially before the rally," says Rajwinder.
Anyone wanting to buy a cover can place an order on eBay. The cost is Rs 320 with another Rs 50 for shipping. "Recently, we got an order for a Modi cover from Tamil Nadu," he adds.
Rajwinder had not expected his idea to be such a hit, and says it has become difficult for him to handle hundreds of orders. "The task is time-consuming and difficult. Special machines and technique are required to inscribe them," he says. "We are also getting orders of party symbols of Shiromani Akali Dal and AAP," he adds.
The Congress, however, is nowhere in the competition, with not even a single order for a cover with a picture of any of its leaders.