28 July, 2021

Hot Poll Head Snubs

Hostile speeches and abusive ­remarks, it is now pervasively believed, can make or break electoral verdicts. Whenever rival politicians indulge in a war of words, the public avidly tallies who ‘won’ or ‘lost’ each round.

Hot Poll Head Snubs

December 2017

Congress dissenter Shehzad Poonawalla ­compares the ­party’s internal election with a Mughal “coronation”. PM Narendra Modi  grabs the chance, calls it “Aurangzebi Raj”. “Aurangzeb ­destroyed many ­temples...Allauddin Khilji did the same—and now Rahul Gandhi is going in the same ­direction,” BJP’s G.V.L. Narasimha Rao chimes.

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar responds ­saying Mughal successions were often sealed by the sword­. Modi turns Aiyar’s ­remarks: “Mani Shankar Aiyar, who never shies from showing loyalty to one family, proudly said, ‘Jahangir ki jagah jab Shahjahan aaye, tab koi chunav hua tha—when Shahjahan became ­emperor after Jahangir was there an election?’”

Then Congress communications head Randeep Surjewala tweets: “Modiji, do tell...about the victims of yours and Amit Shah’s ‘internal democracy’ in BJP namely LK Advani, Keshubhai Patel,...

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