In a recent and escalating war of political posters, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has taken a firm stand against the Congress party. He has demanded that the Election Commission ban the grand old party due to a controversial poster that equates Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime with the historical Tughlaq era.
Naqvi contends that the poster represents a “fit case” for the poll panel to derecognize Congress and impose a ban on it. This move comes in response to the Congress’s Kerala unit releasing a poster that distorted an image of Muhammed bin Tughlaq, making him resemble PM Modi.
In a retaliatory move, the BJP depicted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as ‘Ravan,’ the demon king from the epic ‘Ramayana.’ Let’s delve into the intricacies of this heated political exchange.
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The Controversial Posters: A Visual Dispute
The Congress’s Kerala unit stirred the political pot when they released a poster that creatively manipulated an image of Muhammed bin Tughlaq, a historical figure, to bear a striking resemblance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The text accompanying the image reads, “Dear Pradhan Mantriji if you are eager to update textbooks, replace the Tughlaq era with your own.” This provocative imagery drew sharp reactions from the BJP camp, leading to a swift and equally inflammatory response.
BJP’s Retaliatory Move: Rahul Gandhi as ‘Ravan’
In a tit-for-tat maneuver, the BJP fired back with their poster, portraying Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as ‘Ravan,’ the hydra-headed demon king from the revered Indian epic, ‘Ramayana.’ The BJP poster’s text read, “The new age Ravan is here.
He is Evil. Anti Dharma. Anti Ram. He aims to destroy Bharat.” This depiction didn’t sit well with the Congress, prompting strong condemnation from party members, including MP Manickam Tagore, who called it ‘unfortunate’ and ‘condemnable.’
Political Reactions and Accusations
The exchange of these controversial posters has sparked a flurry of reactions across the political spectrum. While BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi demanded the ban on Congress, MP Manickam Tagore insisted on an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president JP Nadda.
On the other hand, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut alleged that the BJP was afraid of Rahul Gandhi’s rising popularity and likened the BJP to the vices associated with Ravan.
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Conclusion: A Political Battlefield in Posters
This poster saga illustrates the intensity of political rivalry in India, where visual imagery becomes a potent weapon. The BJP and Congress’s tit-for-tat poster war highlights the deep-seated animosity between the parties, reaching a point where historical and mythological figures are used to make political statements.
As the debate rages on, it remains to be seen how the Election Commission will respond to Naqvi’s demand and what further twists and turns this poster battle will take in the coming days.