The BSP may manage to leverage the Election Commission diktat to cover all Mayawati and Elephant statues to its advantage. In an election rally in Mayawati’s home constituency, Akbarpur, amidst wolf-whistles and cat-calls, BSP party workers spiritedly danced to the hit number ‘Choli ke peeche kya hai’ even as Mayawati aide, Satish Mishra, stood beside a covered elephant, teasingly holding up a dupatta just a little bit over its trunk. The lyrics which have been adapted to suit the party campaign were as follows –
“Choli ke peeche kya hai, Choli ke peeche
Chunri ke neeche kya hai, Chunri ke neeche
Oooo… Choli mein dil hai mera! Chunri mein dil hai mera!
Yeh dil mein doongi apni behenji kooooo… behenji ko!
The performance has generated immense buzz among voters cutting across caste boundaries across the plains of Uttar Pradesh. “Bhai, it is so tantalizing!” exclaimed Baburam Natha, a landless labourer from Akbarpur. “I just cannot stop thinking about what could be under that statue! Teen din se soya hi nahi hoon yaar.” BSP leaders are hoping that this curiosity for the unknown translates into a massive mandate for another 5 years of Mayawati raj.
Not to be outdone, the Congress was quick to come up its own performance, when veteran leader Digvijay Singh sang and danced to the 1968 classic ‘Parde mein rehne do, parda na uthao, parda jo uth gaya to raaz khul jayega,’ while Rahul Gandhi waved a gloved hand to a rollicking audience in Amethi.
Other parties are also suitably tailoring other popular hit songs from yester years in consonance with their political ideologies to better market themselves. The BJP wants to generate a new Ram wave and also drive home the point that BSP and Congress are two sides of the same coin through the following lines:
“Wah – Wah Ramji, Jodi Kya Banai
Bhaiya Aur Behenji Ko, Badhai Ho Badhai
Sab Rasmon Se Badi Hai Jag Mein
In Brashton Ki Sagai..!”
Political scientist, Dr. Yogendra Yadav, refused to hazard a guess on which song would be a hit. “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings, Rajdeep,” said Dr. Yogendra Yadav during a panel discussion on CNN-IBN.