Before this city corporation election, did you have any idea that you are the 'khala, bubu, bhai and chacha' of every election candidate? Have you ever received so many enthusiastic 'greetings' before this election?
Has anyone given so much attention to you?
The answer is quite predictable. Still, do not dare to think that their hospitality ends here. Though you were mostly forgotten the past few years, you should keep that in mind that this landslide of hospitality is something that will appear once every few years, like Halley's comet that reappears once every 75 years!
Rickshaws packed with posters have become such an ancient way to campaign. To spice things up, you will now see coconuts or sickles hung on trucks. Another daring way to campaign is performances by talented people dancing like Michael Jackson and Ananta Jalil, while a song plays in the background praising a specific election candidate. These songs have become the most remarkable feature of the current election campaign.
Candidates and their followers will haunt your steps, playing these songs at every corner of your locality. Even if you run, you won't escape! Because they play these songs on rickshaws, bicycles, and trucks that follow you all day (and night) long!
These parody songs do not always make you feel like running away from the city and live in a jungle. In fact, some of them may even make you want to dance to their groovy beats. Songs that broadcast the greetings of Daisy Apa or other candidates, sang to the tune of 'khairun lo', 'ammajan', 'morar kokil e', and 'ami to bhala na' – are everywhere.
Listening to the same song all day quickly becomes tiring. In fact, all these songs seem to be voiced by the same people, which makes you wonder, who do these singers actually support?
And while your eardrums are being shredded by these songs playing at full volume, you might even catch a glimpse of the election candidates themselves, serving you tea at a local tea stall or collecting you fare in a crowded local bus. Don't get a heart attack! So what if these candidates cannot eradicate traffic jams or dengue? Forget the past and enjoy their service while listening to the catchy tunes.