Sadly, not all could savour this magical moment

There is no respite from our politicians for the alive and kicking. And, in an election season, there seems to be no respite for the dead and dying either. The Congress’s very rich nominee Kupendra Reddy went to file his papers in Bommanahalli in Bangalore on Wednesday, and an ambulance was among those stuck in a procession taken out by Congress workers.

For the record, only five persons are allowed to accompany a candidate to file nomination papers before the election officers, but outside it is a different story as candidates use the occasion to give a sneak peek of what voters can expect if and when they are elected. Sometimes, as in this case, one or two of them are cruelly deprived of the honour of receiving the promises in flesh and blood.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News