Be in any meeting of the Congress party, you will end up in a sea of flex boards with smiling faces of party leaders from the state level to the booth level. However, Matsyathozhilali Sangamam had a different story to tell as it had no posters or hoardings of any leader other than Congress vice- president Rahul Gandhi. Barring a couple of posters of the party president Sonia Gandhi, it was flooded with the smiling face of the Gandhi scion. Setting a positive mood prior to the meeting, the Matsyathozhilali Sangamam offered a bouquet of popular Malayalam film songs based on sea and sea life, instead of the usual marathon elocution session which often tests the patience of the audience.
The songs selected by T N Prathapan were sung by a 23-member team in the age group of 6 to 28 and led by Jayachandran Valappad.
P C Vishnunath MLA, the lone speaker before the arrival of Rahul, also rendered a song as if taking a cue from the mood set by the songs. He sang his favourite, Thirunama Keerthanam Paaduvan..., a devotional while describing the charity of the state government.
However, he applied a brake after the first line, after noticing the television cameras. “They will use my song for a week, in the sartorial programmes,” he said. But he in the true spirit of a politician went on to finish the first few lines after naming some of the usual suspects who would place his song in their programmes.