New Delhi : Samajwadi Party has accused Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati of trying to force the Congress High command into supporting the BSP to form the next government in the state. Linking the unveiling of the elephants after voting was over, to the earthquake in north India, Mulayam Singh Yadav said, “Ab itne saare haathiyo ko ek saath saamne laoge to, bhukamp to hoga hi na. Mayawati Congress ko dhamkaana chahti hai.”
Already Congress leader Beni Prasad Verma has hinted at a post-election relationship with the BSP, to keep SP away from power. “SP ki goondagardi se haathiyo ki goondagardi behtar hai,” he said.
But Digvijay Singh has other concerns.
“I am worried that because of these tremors, the EVMs may get corrupted. I believe, thanks to Rahul Gandhi’s hard work, we will get 200 seats in UP. If we get one seat less than 200, I will hold the earthquake responsible for corrupting the EVMs,” he said.
Kapil Sibal however, has expressed satisfaction that there was zero loss to life and property. “See, I am proved right after all,” he laughed. “There is zero loss. And I think it will not be 4.9 on the Richter scale either. The authority has not calculated it properly.”
Meanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has refuted reports on some TV channels that Robert Vadra’s fall after fainting, was responsible for the mild tremors.
“Yes, he had indeed said that he will want to cause a political earthquake if the people of India want him to,” she clarified when Tenali Rama called her. “But to say he caused this quake is pure imagination. Robert ji jab bhi kuch naya kaam karte hai, to hungama macha dete hai, not something mild.”
Every TV channel went to town, with `exclusive’ pictures of people outside building and discussing the quake in animated tones. With no other major news during the day, Delhi-based TV channels were conducting interviews in other state capitals, asking people in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Patna to react to the Delhi quake and send good wishes to their relatives and friends living in the national capital.
Among the programming notes that were seen on TV, was one about a special show at 9 : `Are you safer outside Delhi than in the capital? Has the Dilliwalla imbibed the Mumbaikar’s resilient spirit?’