A former politician in India is launching a new company that will offer cheering crowds to other politicians for use in political rallies. The company
has already been inundated with job applicants willing to be paid for attending rallies and cheering politicians. One applicant offered to
"participate in any mode of agitation including violent ones -- if he got a bottle of liquor and chicken curry every day."
NEW DELHI: A former politician in southern India has launched a "rent-a-crowd" company to recruit people to cheer at party rallies and said he has
been deluged by would-be recruits.
"When all political parties and organisations are doing it discreetly, why can't we do it professionally?" the Hindustan Times newspaper quoted the
company's founder, Devarajan, who goes by one name, as saying.
Indian political parties are known for paying people to show up for rallies, often transporting them in fleets of buses, but usually the recruitment
is carried out by the parties.
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I think things like this go on everywhere, but this is the first time I've seen it publicly commercialized. I hope this doesn't spread to violent
protests as offered by that one applicant.
What's the big deal? Bush&Co have admitted to hiring people to cheer/ask questions. Remember Gurket? The gay prostitute the GOP used to suck up to
Bush/ask easy questions to take up time in timed press conferences.
Or the fake town halls where actors were paid to worship Bush on tv.
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