Overheard on the campaign trail

"Uday was under the influence of alcohol and lost his balance while selecting the button. Holding the machine in right hand, he fell down with the machine"
Nelamangala rural police describe their arrest of an inebriated voter.

“It is wrong to award death penalty for rape. Boys commit mistakes sometimes. If SP is voted to power, we will change the laws”
Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party, promises to lessen penalties for rape!

“Solution is this: any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent.
Abu Azmi, Samajwadi Party, expands on his partys’ promise for dealing with rape!

“They treated us to really good biryani and a quarter of whiskey” 
Rampal Singh, on his local partys’ hospitality

"My parents are traditionally loyal to a political party, but I voted for an individual I think can provide me security and job opportunities." 
Ritika, first time-voter, displaying newfound confidence in younger voters.

 "We have polling on different dates in western Maharashtra and Mumbai. Polling in Satara is on April 17 and in Mumbai on April 24. I advise Marathi workers to first cast vote in Satara on April 17, come back to Mumbai and again exercise franchise on April 24 … Of course, please do not forget to wipe the (electoral) ink before casting the vote the second time."
Sharad Pawar, NCP, providing logistical advice for double-voting!

‘We will chop him into tiny pieces’
Imran Masood, Congress, describing what he will do to PM-hopeful Modi

“Before, if voting was on a long weekend, we would have stepped out of the city earlier to make the most of our holiday…Now we realize the value of our votes. We will head out after.”
Aditi Rao, Software Professional, for whom the vote outweighs the long weekend.

"A couple of elections ago it was not such a game of money…Now you have business people in politics, whereas earlier they were involved in managing their empires."
P.K. Dash, Election Commission, complaining about the cash for vote problem

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