In a move that surprised many, invited all knowing “I told you so” looks from Political Pundits Vinod Mehta and Shekhar Gupta alike and sparked off furious debates about what, who and how much.. Mr Lal Krishna Advani announced that he will be leading a yatra of RedLine Buses to Raisina Hill.
In a press conference called in the cool confines of the RedLine Bus doubling as his campaign office, Mr Advani talked of his anguish at the plight of the marginalised and dispossessed, who he said were crying for leadership. Explaining further, he said that he and his party were dispossessed of power for a long time; and to run salt into personal injury, he lost the presidentship of his party too- making him the natural leader of the dispossessed. Mr Advani also said, those of his venerable age, instead of being venerated are being marginalised. “The meek shall inherit the earth”, said Mr Advani, quoting from the Bible, which Manish Tewari was quick to dismiss as token minority-ism.
Mr Advani refused to answer whether this will launch his candidature for President of India. But, he did say that he will never say no to national duty.
As an immediate fallout, supporters of Messrs Modi, Jaitley, Jaswant Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Gadkari were seen hugging each other and distributing sweets.
Meanwhile, in Scooping News TV, I heard this:
We have Netaji, Bapuji (also called Father of the Nation), Panditji.. etc. What about a Mother of the Nation status- to Mataji? And, Baby of the Nation to RahulG? It is reliably learnt, a bill to this effect should be introduced in the next session of Parliament. BJP will stall parliament. Congress will quote that as an example of obstructionist opposition that does not allow business to be conducted in the house. Arnab, Rajdeep, Sonia, Barkha will froth in the mouth and Vinod Sharma will snicker.
In another major move, dripping with religious symbolism, Congress will decide to rename Youth Congress as Vanar Sena; immediately drawing protests from BJP who will claim they have patents on Ram, Ramayana and all “Ram-ic” things. “This is patent vote bank politics”, Ravi Shankar Prasad will say, who will promise to enfranchise monkeys (above the age of 18) if BJP came to power.
SP supporters immediately went on a rampage- claiming Akhilesh Yadav’s claim to the title of Baby of the Nation was being ignored.