VADODARA: Corruption and Anna Hazare are the favourite themes at Ganpati tableaux. Mandals or pandal organisers in the city are known to embrace issues that are widely discussed or debated and make decorations or backgrounds using them as theme. In the past the Godhra carnage, terror attacks, Sohrabuddin murder case and similar issues have been recreated by pandals. Some have even made comments on these through audio-visual presentations. At least three pandals in Vadodara and one in Godhra have raised the issue of corruption and included Anna Hazare in it. Shri Balaji Navyuvak Mandal at Ghee Kanta Road in Raopura has used images of tainted persons like DMK’s Kanimozhi and A Raja, Suresh Kalmadi as well as suspended Vadodara Municipal Corporation city engineer V N Taylor in its pandal. The pandal even raises the issue of corruption in the city survey department, roads and in school admissions as donations. Kirad Modi, one of the organisers of the pandal, said that people need to become more aware and should start resisting corruption. “Pandals have always raised such key issues and we are doing the same this time around,” he said. And Anna seems to show the way ahead appearing prominently in the background of Ganesha. The Baranpura Bal Yuvak Mandal has been raising key issues since 38 years now and this year after the Anna Hazare agitation, it was expected to have a decoration around the theme. “We have shown Gandhiji sitting on the stage even as Baba Ramdev comes and raises the black money issue. Then we have depicted Anna’s fight against corruption and shown how it achieved 50 per cent success. In the midst of all this, we have shown the common man suffering,” said Mahendra Sonawane, a functionary of the mandal. People eventually pray to Ganpati that some revolutionary like Bhagat Singh should come again to change things. “Their prayers are heard and he appears on the stage,” said Sonawane adding that earlier the theme was planned only around Anna, but it was changed at the last moment after Anna himself said that only half the battle was won. A mandal near Ambalal Park in Karelibaug has put Anna’s idol in front of a cute Bal Ganesha. And in Godhra, both Anna and Ramdev have been shown flanking a Ganpati idol in a pandal in the Soniwad area of the town.