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The Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) looks to be financially a rich party and presenting a cash garland of Rs 5 crore on the anniversary bash and another one of Rs 18 lakh just show it.

Wonder who presented it to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati? It is none other than Karnataka party unit chief Marsandra Muniyappa, who gave her a garland made of hundreds of Rs 1,000 notes worth Rs 5 crore at a BSP rally marking the 76th birth anniversary of its founder Kanshi Ram on Monday.

When channels flashed the pictures of the garland, we all mistook it to be made up of  some shiny, imported flowers. But no! Close-up shots showed that the garland was made up of currency notes and it took nearly three months to prepare it in Mysore.

The event was indeed a white elephant, costing the party a jumbo affair. Reportedly, the cost of BSP’s silver jubilee rally was Rs 200 crore, and Rs 5 crore was spent of catering. Not to be left behind, as many as 2,400 buses were hired to ferry audience and 1,00,000 kg flowers were used in the venue, besides deploying 10,000 policemen on duty.

But what is surprising is, Maya had openly told that her state government was not in a position to pay compensation to the victims of stampede recently. And everybody is busy criticizing her ugly show of wealth and power. The party of the state is bankrupt to pay compensation to the victims, but has lot of money to celebrate the anniversaries or birthdays.

Now it is official, and no wonder if Maya is welcomed everywhere with garlands made of currency notes.

Many political parties, including the Congress, is condemning this shameless show of money power. The Congress is getting outside support of the BSP for the UPA government at the Centre. If Congress is an ally, why can’t the party members, or say chairperson Sonia Gandhi or Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tell Mayawati openly that they don’t need her support, as she is indulging in the so-called ugly show of money power?!

But I doubt if the Congress can ever tell Maya to withdraw her support. For, indirectly, they too are indulging in the same kind of game. The Congress is spending crores of rupees for the glorification of  former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and even Priyanka Gandhi Vadodra through various advertisements all these years. There are several statues of Nehru, Indira and Rajiv in many parks across the country.

If the Congress points finger at the BSP, they will in turn get pointed from others and they are aware of it! So, the question remains. Who is indulging in the ugly show? Just the BSP or even others?!

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Earlier, the Congress wanted to take political mileage out of Gandhiji’s memorabilia and now, it wants to take advantage from a Hindi flick. It is all set to take political gain from Slumdog Millionaire’s child artistes and take credit for the success of the film. This is not the first time the Congress is using popular films to its gain. Last year, it used “Chak De” song and now they have altered the “Jai Ho” song to “Aam aadmi ke badhte kadam, har kadam par Bharat buland… Jai ho… Jai ho…”

Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire's child actors Rubina Ali and Azharuddin showcasing the creation of designer Ashima Leena at the Wills Life Style Fashion week in New Delhi

Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire's child actors Rubina Ali and Azharuddin showcasing the creation of designer Ashima Leena at the Wills Life Style Fashion week in New Delhi

Azharuddin and Rubina with designers Ashima, left, and Leena Singh, after walking the ramp during the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, Autumn Winter 2009, in New Delhi

Azharuddin and Rubina with designers Ashima, left, and Leena Singh, after walking the ramp during the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, Autumn Winter 2009, in New Delhi

The Congress during its several decades of rule created lakhs of slums so that they can be banked upon as vote-banks. The dwellers have been continuously kept in abject poverty and lured with money, liquor and clothes during elections. It is these politicians who created slums and slumdogs!

Child  actors Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina Ali prepare to enter Indian Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi's residence along with designer Leena Singh in New Delhi

Child actors Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubina Ali prepare to enter Indian Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi's residence along with designer Leena Singh in New Delhi

Slumdog child actors Azhar and Rubina sang “Jai Ho” for the Congress rally, besides personally meeting party chief Sonia Gandhi. They were given Sonia’s pictures to be displayed during the election campaign. Is it not an offence to use child artistes for election rallies?

The wrong images projected by filmmakers, based on a half truth, are exploited by our politicians and others. Some have exaggerated India’s social problems like caste system, poverty, child marriage, widow system, sati and now, slums! Some organisations encash showing these films to the West and our politicians try to garner votes for their parties.

Stardom of any kind cannot change the lives of these slum children. They go back to their normal lives once the limelight is not on them. The Congress or any other party for that matter should try to rehabilitate these less fortunate kids. They should make sure that they finish school and graduate. Rehabilitate their parents and guardians so that the kids are not under the pressure to work. Make India a slumless country.