A recommendation to this effect has been sent to the Supreme Court. Chief Election Commissioner V. S. Sampath is quoted as saying “As a CEC, I have seen many ingenious attempts at buying votes. But this is unique. It represents a paradigm bait-n-switch in electoral strategy”.
When contacted for comments, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar said that the best was yet to come. He stated that the NCP has petitioned the Election Commission to allow them to use the Lotus symbol in EVMs on election day. He also took the opportunity to clarify his controversial Votestatement. “My comment was taken out of context. I was only exhorting the BJP supporters to vote once more for the NCP lotus”, he remarked.
Sources revealed that the NCP would also be releasing their Manifesto shortly. Uniquely titled Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas, it lays out a development agenda for Maharashtra. An advance draft received by FakingNews revealed some catchy slogans like Secularism means India First. Praful Patel’s suggestion for the title Flying High in Mumbai, was evidently shot down by party headquarters, given his track record as Aviation Minister.
However, not everyone is happy with this turn of events. Kamal Ben, an elderly Gujarati lady in Patel’s Bhandara-Gondiya constituency was dismayed, “I had lovingly made dhoklas, thinking that NaMo was visiting my humble home. To my shock, the man behind the Modi mask was a local NCP corporator”.