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Party badnaam hui: Loud music to woo voters ends up irking them

Loudspeakers blaring poll songs set to Bollywood tunes put off many, affect students preparing for board exams

Loud music played by political parties to attract voters is ending up producing the opposite effect in the city.
Yesterday was the last day of campaigning for the civic election and parties went all out with noisy road shows to make the most of it, but in the process they invited the indignation of the young and educated voters.


Striking the wrong chord: An autorickshaw with loudspeakers playing
campaign songs. Pic/Krunal Gosavi


A majority of parties replicated the tunes of 'Munni badnaam hui' and 'Chikni chameli' while putting their own words in them. They played the songs on loudspeakers while campaigning, which created a nuisance for the voters and affected students preparing for their board exams.

Some voters also raised their voice against the noise pollution. Sumangala Suryavanshi, a resident of Bibwewadi, lodged a police complaint against some people who were playing songs at high decibel levels.
"On Saturday, one autorickshaw stopped in my area and played the parody songs at high decibels for nearly
three hours, which left me feeling restless. Even after repeated requests to stop the record, the party workers would not listen, which compelled me to finally lodge the police complaint," Suryavanshi said.

Suryvanshi said that after taking a one-day break, political parties again started playing the songs yesterday. 
"The noise pollution with lame and low-class election slogans and the loud parodies of Bollywood numbers are not at all impressive," said Tanmaya Vyas, a resident of Ideal Colony in Kothrud. Vyas said, "These brash tactics will not work in the area, where well-educated and upper-class voters are living and who are already apathetic about the whole electoral system."

Ameya More said he was very annoyed by the parody of the song Kolaveri Di constantly played by some political parties on NIBM Road. "They have put their own words like 'Why this mehengai mehengai ji?'. Autorickshaws carrying loudspeakers and roaming around the area have not only irked citizens but also disturbed my studies," More said.

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