Flab absent in Stalin and campaign
In fact the party seems to have run out of words. Before the lead¿r’s arrival, the two-hour buildup is entirely taken up by blaring recorded music extolling the party symbol¿ “the rising sun that can give you the mo¿n”, followed by shattering noise from a group of drummers. Gone are the preparatory speeches and alliterative slogans that once set the stage for the star sermon.
At the sundown stopover near the Ukkadam bus station, Stalin does an SMS of D¿K’s familiar poll plank¿ “Welfare aplenty. Lots of freebies. L¿t’s continue the good dee¿.” The only time he touches anything like an emotional chord is as he winds up with an appeal for a third term for his revered ageing father. The crowd dutifully applauds.
In the flag-waving audience mostly from the DMK and the Muslim League, the Congress tricolor is a nominal presence. Stalin on his part doe¿n’t even mention the big Delhi ally. A couple of DMK workers in the crowd make no secret of their displeasure with the
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