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Today’s featured cartoon is a combination of six different cartoons R. Prasad has drawn for The Economic Times‘ coverage of the 2022 assembly election results.
He alludes to the infamous stereotype of the Hindu rope trick to imply that PM Narendra Modi has propped up Yogi Adityanath for a historic second term in UP.
He also shows Arvind Kejriwal hatching out from an egg and taking off on his party’s election symbol, broom, after the AAP won 92 seats out of 117 in Punjab.
The Congress comes in for different levels of criticism — of the central leadership, represented by Rahul Gandhi, who is depicted saying the ‘voters failed to read’ the party’s pulse, and of Punjab party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former cricketer, for running himself and the Congress out. The cartoonist also uses outgoing CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s ‘main kya karun yaar‘ comment from January this year to explain his helplessness in stemming the Congress’ defeat.
Prasad also comments on the Mayawati-led BSP’s near-complete rout, as it won just one seat each in UP and Punjab. The leader tells her party’s symbol elephant that ‘it’s good that we didn’t bet on us’, referring to the seeming lack of energy in the party’s and her own campaign.
Alok Nirantar comments on the changing political stature of Yogi Adiyanath and Arvind Kejriwal at the national level, showing that they are climbing to a place where only PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi currently stand.
Sandeep Adhwaryu takes a dig at the performance of the Congress in the 2022 assembly elections. Questions have been constantly raised at the leadership and political management, but there seems to be no end to the Congress’ slide.
Cartoonist Satish Acharya takes a dig at the decision of the Congress high-command to appoint Navjot Singh Sidhu as the party chief in Punjab, as its hopes crash-landed on election results day.
Manjul also draws on the assembly election results, showing that while PM Modi and Amit Shah are No.1 in the political landscape, Arvind Kejriwal is now No.2, while Rahul Gandhi is buried in sand.