Haryana health minister Anil Vij on Saturday donned the hat of Sholay film's iconic character Gabbar, while taking a dig at former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda over his comments terming him a "junior minister".
Hooda had recently said that Vij, the Ambala Cantt MLA, who was in the running for the CM's post had ended up being a junior minister.
Vij tweeted in Hindi, "Maine toh kabhi kuch banney ka socha nahein parantu yedhee mein CM hota to tera kya hota Kalia (I never thought of becoming anything, but if I was the Chief Minister then who would have saved you)".
भूपेंद्र हुड्डा ने कहा है कि अनिल विज CM के उम्मीदवार थे । मैंने तो कभी कुछ बनने का सोचा नही परन्तु यदि मैं CM होता तो तेरा क्या होता कालिया— ANIL VIJ Hr Minister (@anilvijmantri) May 23, 2015
"Tera Kya Hoga Kalia" is Gabbar Singh's famous dialogue in the film.
Vij, a five-time MLA and a popular face of the party in the state, was front runner for the chief minister's post ahead of last year's Assembly polls held in October. However, the BJP chose Manohar Lal Khattar, a first-time legislator from Karnal constituency and former RSS ideologue.
This isn't the first time that Vij has resorted to a Gabbar dialogue while making a point. Last month too, he took a cue from Sholay when speaking about illegal sex determination.
He tweeted, "Mein aise halaat paida karna chahata hoon ki door door tak jab koyee ultrasound centre jayee to doctor kahein bhaag ja naheen toh Anil Vij aa jayaga (I want to create such a situation that if anyone approaches the ultrasound centre for sex determination test the doctor tells them flee or else Anil Vij will come)."
मैं ऐसे हालात पैदा करना चाहता हूँ कि दूर दूर तक जब कोई लिंग जांच के अल्ट्रासाउंड सेंटर जाये तो डॉक्टर कहे भाग जा नहीं तो अनिल विज आ जाएगा ।
— ANIL VIJ Hr Minister (@anilvijmantri) April 13, 2015
(With inputs from PTI)