Bengaluru. After Priyanka Gandhi, it’s time for another politician to feature in a calendar released by their supporters. Janata Dal (Secular) has released a 2010 calendar featuring former Prime Minister and party leader H.D. Deve Gowda in twelve different sleeping poses. The step is being seen as an attempt to change the image of Gowda, who drew a lot of flak for using swear words against Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
“We are not trying any image makeover; such talks are driven out of political prejudices. We are just trying to create awareness in the country in favor of sleeping. People today have lost their sleep and we hope they would be inspired to take a sound nap after the release of this calendar.” Janata Dal (Secular) spokesperson Y.S.V. Datta denied that the calendar was released to help the image of Deve Gowda.
Releasing the calendar at press conference here, various party leaders underscored the problems faced by the citizens of the country and how such problems have taken away their sleep. Deve Gowda was sleeping throughout the press conference.
“Price rise, loss of jobs, threats by China and Pakistan, rising crime, and an indifferent government has made people of India spend sleepless nights. Our party thought a lot about such problems and we decided to go back to the tried and tested mean shown by our leader. We are now trying to promote sound sleeping among the citizens of the nation.” party leader H.D. Kumaraswamy said.
The calendar shows Deve Gowda in different sleeping poses in each month of 2010 that ranges from sleeping in the parliament, in parties, during conferences, during festivals, etc. to peacefully sleeping in his couch, wearing colorful and designer lungis and angavastram. Party workers have been promised one free copy each of the calendar, but they will have to buy extra copies. One complimentary copy of the calendar has also been sent to the Chief Minister’s office.