I.N.D.I.A Bloc Members Should Adopt Variants of Pop Song ‘Jail Ke Jawab Mein Hum Vote Denge’ as Campaign Material During 2024 General Elections!


The Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has reportedly asked the Aam Admi Party on 28 April 2024 to modify the over-two-minute-long party’s rap song which was released on 25 April 2024 as part of its campaign.

‘Jail ke jawab mein hum vote denge’

A plain translation in English would be:

‘In response to jail, we shall vote’

The AAP sees it as a ban on the song as – according to Election Commission – it shows the ruling party and investigation agencies in a bad light. Media reports quoted the Election Commission of India statement:

“the phrase ‘jail ke jawab mein hum vote denge’ showing an aggressive mob holding the photo of Kejriwal showing him behind bars casts aspersions on the Judiciary.”

The action against the song came after the Delhi CEO received a complaint from the BJP, which alleged that the song made “unverified and false allegations” against its party candidates. The objections raised by Delhi CEO pertains to instigation to violence; using terms like ‘tanashahi’; image of Kejriwal behind bars casts aspersions on judiciary. But recall 1977.  

Recall the election campaign of George Fernandes in 1977 from jail when he was lodged in the Baroda dynamite case. Certain facts need to be remembered as quoted in (HUFFPOST, 14 January 2020):

  • Sushma Swaraj’s husband Swaraj Kaushal, a former MP and Supreme court lawyer, filled the nomination forms for Fernandes in the first election post-Emergency and also helped plan the campaign
  • The meetings also included a cage which contained a man in handcuffs to remind people that the candidate was still in jail. 

The charges against George Fernandes were serious – of procuring dynamite sticks to blow up government establishments and railway tracks. George Fernandes used to refer to Indira Gandhi as Madam dictator; favoured violent over-throw of her dictatorial regime. The image behind bars of George Fernandes was used as campaign material. The Election commission Of India raised no objections at that time to Fernandes’ campaign; it was not seen to cast aspersions on the judiciary. Sushma Swaraj’s husband had – as stated earlier – helped plan the election campaign. Sushma Swaraj coined the slogan ‘Jail ka phatak tutega, hamara george chutega’ (Jagran, 7 August 2019). In fact, George Fernandes rose to become the Union Defence Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government.

Conscious people are unlikely to accept the objections raised by the Election Commission of India. Politics cannot be allowed to go for a song!  

P.S. Sahni is a member of PIL Watch Group

Blog: http://pilwatchgroup.blogspot.com/

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