Polling for meeting elections is scheduled for 4 states in India – West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Assam together with one Union Territory, Puducherry over the subsequent two months. Political campaigning is one in all the most awaited occasions for a lot of helpless or poor folks to share their private or locality’s grievances with leaders.
The method to a person’s coronary heart is thru his abdomen, so goes an previous saying. And some Indian politicians are following the previous adage actually to woo as many individuals as they’ll, particularly in poll-bound states.
As ballot fever grips these states, prime politicians hitting the marketing campaign path are climbing down from their SUVs to take tea or meal breaks with native folks in typical bourgeois fashion.
Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Gandhi household in India and a Congress parliamentarian, led the method on the gastronomical route as he relished a mushroom and rice meal with villagers in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. He represents the Wayanad constituency in the neighbouring state of Kerala.
A video, uploaded by the Village Cooking Channel on YouTube in January, reveals Rahul enthusiastically describing the elements in the Tamil language and attempting his culinary abilities in making a “raitha”, an onion and curd dish that’s savoured with rice throughout the nation.
The video has since gone viral, with 18 million views up to now.
Rahul additionally endorsed tea from a vendor in Tamil Nadu, as he sipped and referred to as it “the best tea” in the state.
On Tuesday, Rahul’s politician sister and key Congress chief in her personal proper, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who’s touring the northeastern state of Assam for her election marketing campaign, donned the headgear of a tea backyard employee. She selected to lend a serving to hand with staff in the well-known tea gardens of Assam.
Some politicians from the federally ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too have taken the similar fashion to seize consideration in the poll-bound states.
Two days in the past Indian Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah made a cease at a roadside resort in Tamil Nadu for a meal after a “hectic day” of campaigning.
BJP President J.P. Nadda, who was on a go to to Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, satiated his want for refreshments at a small roadside eatery, munching on snacks and tea with native folks.
Top politicians embracing such strategies to affect native folks and get shut to them is triggering blended public responses. Some discover it amusing, whereas others dismiss it as humorous or distasteful.
Purba Kalita, a journalist-turned-entrepreneur from Silchar in Assam mentioned: “It is quite in bad taste. There are far more important issues awaiting attention that these top politicians need to address. Instead, they are making a mockery of campaigning”.
Netizens too have reacted to the snack-munching and tea-sipping politicians in alternative ways: