Nidhi Pratapneni, who is part of the Whitefield Rising group in Bengaluru, wrote a poem targeting the candidates of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike elections which is due for August 22. The poem lists out past events that have created a frenzy yet, no corporator stepped out to help the Whitefield residents. She does not just stop with mocking the candidates, but says the residents are equally to be blamed as they are ignorant or indifferent and at most times both.
Read Nidhi's poem
You come around all dressed in white
And say that you bleed at our plight
â€śPlease vote for meâ€ť, you pledge anew
And promise fixing all thatâ€™s due
And yet that day, pray where were you
When we cleaned streets and pavements too?
When lights went out near Forum Mall
Did you take note and make the call?
Why must we agitate and struggle
To have our streets made clear of rubble?
When your constituents complain
Are you inured to all their pain?
It is to your benefit we know
To keep us in the dark and so
You do not aim to educate
You just leave people to their fate
The illiterate, unknowing poor
With toddy, TVs, grains you lure
And those who think, evaluate
Sit by and let you win the stakes
We are as much to blame as you
Itâ€™s been a partnership I think, donâ€™t you
Weâ€™ve watched our TVs, turned our eyes
As you went on, capitalised
But must that be the status quo
Will not we stand and now say â€śNo!â€ť?
Must we let ourselves sink further low
By choosing to not ink, ignore?