Mumbai: Elections do not just allow new leaders to foray into mainstream politics, but it also opens up avenues for talented individuals. To lure voters in the coming assembly elections, 19-year-old Deepak Gaud from Andheri in Mumbai composed a rap song for BJP rebel Murji Patel.
Gaud who lives in a chawl in Andheri, has received numerous accolades for his previous rap compositions. His first rap song was "Bombay 93' and talks about the life of a slum dweller in Mumbai. The second was on the Ganesh festival celebrated in Mumbai with much fanfare. Both his rap songs received a thousand views on the YouTube channel. Impressed by his work, Murji Patel supporters asked the rapper to compose a song for their poll campaign.
Deepak Gaud is a first-year student of bachelor of science. He has a keen interest to make a career in sound engineering.
Patel is a rebel and is contesting the 2019 Assembly elections against Shiv Sena's incumbent legislator Ramesh Latke from Mumbai's Andheri east constituency. Patel was elected as a corporator from Andheri East on a BJP symbol, however, he was disqualified over alleged fake caste certificate submission. Patel had contested the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections from a reserved Other Backward Caste (OBC) ward. Currently, his fake caste certificate case is pending in the Small Cause court of Mumbai.
According to Patel's team who is aggressively campaigning for his victory, they said, “The aim to compose a rap song was to reach out to especially young voters. The lyrics of this rap only talk about Kaka's (another name for Murji Patel) development work, he has carried out in this constituency, instead of defaming the opponent.”
The song is doing the rounds on social media and WhatsApp groups. A resident of Andheri Harshal Pradhan said, “I liked the lyrics. Once they get elected they should always come up with opportunities for them in terms of education and job."