We pass by an election poster and I asked.
IHM: "So do you think Sanjay Dutt will win from your home town?"
Driver #2 : "He will win."
IHM: "Yeah I read somewhere, he has no rivals ...others have criminal cases against them ... or are not popular."
Driver #1: "Let there be anybody against him."
IHM: "Is he that popular?"
Driver #2 : "He said he would not have fought against Vajpayee-jee."
(In a tone that implied nothing could be more honorable.)
IHM: Oh Vajpayee jee? But why is Vajpayee jee so popular?
IHM: Err... I mean of course he made great speeches, of course he is highly respected, no criminal cases against him either... So you think Sanjay Dutt would really have never won against him?
Driver #2 : Sanjay Dutt would not have fought against him.
IHM: But I had no idea BJP was popular there...
Driver #1 and Driver #2 : BJP no, not BJP! Our vote is always for Sa Pa. (SP)
IHM: And Amar Singh? What do you think of Amar Singh? Do you like him?
Driver #1 : We vote for Mulayam jee.
(I take it that this means they would not have voted if Amar singh was the candidate ...)
IHM: And how is BSP?
Driver #1: Mayawati has made her statues everywhere. (More details explaining why they don't like her ...) But she has all the votes of X and Y castes and now even Z community.
IHM: Why vote for caste or religion!? Vote for whoever does something for road and electricity.. look at the condition of these NCR roads! Isn't it wrong to practice untouchability ?
IHM: Is it still practiced?
Driver#1: When X & Y castes visit, they are given chairs to sit.
IHM: So you respect both ... I thought both couldn't be put in the same bracket!
IHM: Doesn't that show respect????
Driver #1: Only chairs are offered. No charpoys.
I have no idea what this means... ! But they thought I understood and I didn't want to show my ignorance, and anyway they were clear Sanjay Dutt will win and if he is stopped from fighting elections, than his wife Manyata will win. In Sanjay Dutt's case the votes will not be for caste.
I realised I could not discuss Manyata's comments on wifely duties here...
Now let's see how right these guys are proved eventually!
EDITED TO ADD: X and Y castes are Dalits and Brahmans.