Big news. It turns out that something can come out of the oblivion of black holes after all — election humour.
We’re only joking.
But then again, Akhilesh Yadav didn’t pin the first-ever picture of a black hole to the top of his Twitter page to discuss astrophysics. He was taking aim at the BJP.
“Now we’ve even seen black holes,” he wrote in his caption. “We only haven’t seen achhe din.”
“Acche din”, or “good days”, was what the BJP promised voters in 2014, before riding a wave of support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to single-handedly win a parliamentary majority in that year’s general election.
Now Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party, has joined forces with another powerful regional leader, Mayawati, to prevent a repeat of the BJP’s strong performance in Uttar Pradesh — home to more Lok Sabha seats than any other Indian state.
Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) April 11, 2019
In Maharashtra, which sends the second biggest contingent of MPs to the Lok Sabha (48 compared to UP’s 80), another politician decided to have a bit of fun with the black hole photo.
Milind Deora, who is taking on Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant in Mumbai South, put the celestial image next to that of his rival and said, with tongue very much in cheek:
“Things seen for the first time in 2019.”
But the insinuation didn’t go uncontested.
Things seen for the first time in 2019… pic.twitter.com/eaR7R6bBxH
Milind Deora (@milinddeora) April 11, 2019
The gaping maw in the cosmos has inspired more than just the opposition’s zingers.
An ad conceived by the Election Commission in Tamil Nadu essentially told voters this: Your booth is a whole lot closer than the black hole in that photo. Go vote.
Have you confirmed where your polling booth is ? If not, call 1950, or SMS
Space to 1950. #MakeYourMarkTN #GoVoteTN #ECI #VoterHelpLine #EHTBlackHole @kranthikumarTN @snehadivakaran @albyjohnV @deepakj2012 pic.twitter.com/hqBknY6p2r
TN Elections CEO (@TNelectionsCEO) April 11, 2019
Let’s forget about elections for a moment. Campaign props or not, black holes are immensely fascinating entities, with an emphasis on immense — the one photographed and unveiled to the world this week has the mass of 6.5 billion suns.
They devour anything, including light, that is unlucky enough to get to close. But happily, we — and our sense of humour — are safe.
We are too far away.
Inputs from Reuters
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