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With hopes of wooing voters, parties release songs with local flavour

Some party workers said the songs released on the national level might not appeal to their voters; hence, they are releasing songs, dealing with local issues

With Pune going to the polls just a fortnight from today, political parties are doing all they can to woo their voters: speeches, rallies, campaigns, treks and some have even taken to song. And instead of songs focusing on national issues, parties are opting for songs with a local flavour to impress voters.

Political merchandise: Badges and flags of different political parties on display at Murudkar Zendewale in Kasba Peth. Pic/Mohan Patil
Political merchandise: Badges and flags of different political parties on display at Murudkar Zendewale in Kasba Peth. Pic/Mohan Patil 

Anil Shirole, BJP's candidate from Pune, has a song written for him, which will be played during his rallies. The song 'Anil Shirole aata nivdun yenar (Anil Shirole will win)' was worked on under the leadership of party worker Mandar Ghate.

Ghate said that while songs like 'Main desh nahin jhukne doonga' or 'Modi aane wala hai' have released, local voters might not connect to them easily.

Hence, we decided to release songs with a local flavour." Local worker Ashutosh Joshi, who recorded the song, said the song would highlight the failures of the state government, including outgoing city MP Suresh Kalmadi's commonwealth fraud.

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena is not far behind and the local wing of the party has felt a need to release a song, which would highlight issues such as the long-pending Metro project in the city.

"Our chitrapat kamgar sena workers have been approaching me to get the green signal for the song. The lyrics are ready," said MNS city chief Prakash Dhore. He added that the song was recorded at no additional cost.

However, Aam Aadmi Party volunteers are singing a different tune. The party leaders said that instead of playing recorded songs their volunteers give their audiences a live performance. "We never glorify our leader Arvind Kejriwal in any of our live performances.

We sing patriotic songs, which are more appealing," said the district executive committee member of AAP, Abha Mulay. She added recording political songs was just a waste of the taxpayers' money.

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