'vikas ka pahiya, Akhilesh bhaiya' its slogans galore in UP

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Lucknow, Jan 18: Electronic and social media may have somewhat changed the poll campaign mode but when it comes to capturing people's attention, parties in UP are trying to outdo each other with catchy slogans like 'Akhilesh ka jalwa kayam hai, uska baap Mulayam hai', 'betion ko muskurane do, behenji ko aaney do' and 'abki baar 300 ke paar''.

What might have begun in years gone by as a simple method of wooing the electorate is today an experts' job with political parties engaging hands good at words for not just giving a catchy message but also poking fun at opponents.

 Akhilesh Yadav with his supporters during Samajwadi party national convention in Lucknow

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi went ahead with coining 'arhar Modi' in a spin off 'har har Modi-ghar ghar Modi' and 'suit boot ki sarkar', to target inflation and "elitist" BJP government at the Centre.

Post demonetisation, Congress has come up with new slogans 'gareebon se kheecho, ameeron ko seechon' as also an earlier one 'karza maaf, bijli bill half and MSP ka karo hisaab' in the state where they had been out of power for long, and thus '27 saal, UP behaal'.

With the Election Commission nod and bulk of party cadre lending him all out support to Akhilesh Yadav the ruling Samajwadi Party has come out with these gems: 'Vikas ka pahiya, Akhilesh bhaiya' and 'sab bolo dil sey, Akhilesh bhaiya phir sey'.

Perhaps it is the sign of the future since party men can already be heard saying 'jeet ki chabhi, Dimple bhabhi' at the same time taking care not to ruffle feathers with 'Akhilesh ka jalwa kayam hai, uska baap Mulayam hai' which is a modified version of earlier 'jiska jalwa kayam hai, uska naam Mulayam hai'.

This time round, BSP too has some interesting slogans lined up which are more development-oriented rather than on caste and communal lines.

The party, which had earned notoriety for slogans like 'tilak taraju aur talvar, inko maro jute char'; and 'hathi nahi ganesh hai brahma vishnu mahesh hai' and 'chadh goondo ki chati par, mohar lagegi hathi par', has this time come up with 'gaon gaon ko shaher bananey do, Behenji ko aane do' promising good law and order and development.

The party has made several appeals on social media platforms: 'dar sey nahi haq sey vote do, baemano ko chot do' and 'kamal, cycle, panja hoga kinare, UP chalega hathi ke saharey'.

BJP is still seen banking on 'Modi face' in UP where it has not projected anyone as its chief ministerial candidate to highlight the need to bring about a change in the state where they had been waiting for power for the past 14 years.

They have modified the 2014 slogan 'abki baar Modi sarkar' to 'abki baar 300 ke paar' for absolute majority to 'saath ayen, parivartan layen, kamal khilayen', 'jan jan ka sankalp, parivartan ek vikalp' to 'do batein kabhi na bhool - Narendra Modi aur kamal ka phool'.

The party whose leaders have been urging the electorate to give it absolute majority in the 403-member House to ensure that it can work without any pulls and pressures has coined a slongan 'na ekai, na dehai, poora do-tihai' and 'gali gali macha hai shor, janata chali bhajapa ki ore'.

PTI

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