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Video war plays out as BJP, share Cong ‘Gully Boy’ inspired rap videos to attack each other
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Congress & BJP on Friday shared videos inspired by raps from upcoming Ranveer Singh & Alia Bhatt-starrer movie ‘Gully Boy’, both asking the voters to seek “azadi” from the other. While BJP focuses on alleged scams under previous Congress-led UPA government & ‘dynasty politics’, Congress highlights issues like mob lynching, JNU protests, alleged Rafale scam under the BJP-led government.

A popular rap song from Ranveer Singh-starrer upcoming Hindi movie, Gully Boy has made it to the election season with both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) & the Congress using the same “Azadi” lyrics & peppy tunes to rile one another. The two parties posted videos from their official Twitter handles late Friday night one after another asking the voters to “seek azadi” from the other.

The BJP posted the first video at 10.37 pm saying, “While @RahulGandhi will stay up all night wondering what new lies to peddle tomorrow morning, we leave you with this goal for 2019.”

Interestingly, the video begins with the “Azadi” slogans that were allegedly raised by former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar & his colleagues on the campus in 2016. The incident, however, landed Kumar in trouble with the Delhi police lodging FIR against him & others in connection with sloganeering that was considered as “anti-national”.

The clip goes on to allege that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was a regime mired in corruption. It talks about various alleged scams during the UPA rule. It shows the photograph of former Telecom Minister A Raja in its attempt to remind the viewers of 2G scam. It also targets the Congress with Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen attributing his “Congress-mukt” political slogan to Mahatma Gandhi.

The Congress was quick to respond to the BJP’s social media gimmick. In about half-an-hour, the Congress posted its version of the same song commenting, “Dar ke aage azadi (Beyond fear, there is freedom)”. The Congress accuses, in the video, the Modi government of corruption showing the photograph of the prime minister with an industrialist while the lyric questions “their intention”.

The Congress’s video ends with the same call for “azadi” but from the BJP & its rule at the Centre. The two parties have been engaged in a bitter war of words in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections that are likely to be held in April-May this year.

The Congress has made the issues of unemployment, farm distress, corruption including Rafale deal & alleged divisive policies of the BJP as its poll planks. The BJP, on the other hand, has targeted the Congress holding it responsible for rural backwardness & accusing it of promoting dynasty politics.