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After condemning each other for using foul language, EC proposes parties speak in dumb charades only

30, Mar 2014 By Vaibhav Anand

Delhi: With allegations, counter allegations, abuses, death threats, etc. flying thick and fast in pre election season, the Election Commission has requested leaders from various political parties to either stop being so touchy about somebody calling them names or speak in dumb charades only.

Initial reports from a few political parties seemed to suggest that they were open to the EC’s suggestion.

Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh expressing his happiness.

“We are in fact very happy with this suggestion,” a senior leader from the Congress party said, on condition of anonymity. “We have one leader who has not spoken in ten years, one who had the IQ of a ten year old and one madam who still has her Hindi speeches written in Roman script because she cannot read Hindi. And then we have people like Diggy Singh and Manish-meri-English-toh-dekho-Tewary, about whom the less said the better.”

Against expectations, even AAP supporters were open to this idea. “Kejriwal sir is best when he is just going on fasts, dharnas and protest marches, not when he is speaking,” a senior AAP leader said. “Now all his speeches are about blaming Adani or Ambani, or threatening the media… it has become a little boring. And Ashutosh sir keeps making spelling and pronunciation mistakes when he has to speak English. This will be better only.”

However, only a few BJP leaders seemed open to the suggestion, most of them affiliated with the party’s old guard. These leaders were mostly Advani backers and felt that the octogenarian was best advised to communicate with hand movements instead of words, at his age.