New Delhi. Censuring a blatant attempt by DMK (election symbol: Rising Sun) to influence voters in the recently concluded TN elections, the Election Commission has ordered the Sun to stop rising till May 16.
“We have photographic evidence that shows sunlight within 100 meters of several polling booths across Tamil Nadu,” said CEC Sampath. He ordered the Chennai police to file an FIR against Karunanidhi under Section 126 (1) of the Representation of the People Act.
“We are mulling steps in future elections to eliminate such bias. Options include conducting the elections at night, which might also increase voter turnout because it is much cooler,” he said. This received an enthusiastic reception from Lalu’s RJD (symbol: Hurricane Lamp) and National Democratic Movement of Nagaland (symbol: Battery Torch).
Terming the charges as baseless, Karunanidhi’s son Stalin cited this as an example of “interstellar electoral overreach”.
AIDMK Supremini Jayalalitha was more guarded in her response, “Though we welcome any move against the DMK, we are a bit worried about what will happen to the Two Leaves if there is no Sun?”
Sampath also issued cease-and-desist orders against J&K’s Peoples Democratic Party (Ink Pot & Pen) for their publicity stunt in providing free ink samples to AAP volunteers. He vowed to hunt down model code violators till the end of the Earth.
Last week, a show cause notice was issued against Mitt Romney for the Republican Party’s misuse of Mayawati’s Elephant symbol in the 2012 US Presidential Elections.
The Congress Party wants to use this opportunity to get itself an image-makeover by changing its symbol. Insiders close to the first family spoke in hush-hush tones about a fallout between mother and son.
While Rahul had expressed a preference for Toffee or Balloon, Sonia had wanted to stay closer to the original Hand. A compromise symbol of FacePalm has been suggested by Priyanka and is likely to get unanimous approval.