Has the BJP president Nitin Gadkari taken George Orwell’s saying “… there is a thin man inside every fat man” to heart.
It would seem so for he has been propelled to go in for bariatric surgery, more painfully explained as stapling the stomach so that it feels full with much less food.
Now, we are in two minds whether we would like to see the thin man that will emerge from the adipose-enhanced personage of Mr Gadkari. It is a pity that he felt the need to conform in a party which could do with a bit of meat on its bones. The tyranny of the thin spares no one it would seem.
Clearly, poor Mr Gadkari is trying to keep up with former president LK Advani who is whippet thin.
True that Mr Gadkari is often weighed down by his girth, he is not as agile as a gazelle. But then he is meant to be a heavyweight and not the party’s Kate Moss.
In Mr Gadkari we had discerned a true inheritor to the bon vivant lifestyle of former prime minister AB Vajpayee who was known never to turn a jalebi away. In his long career, Mr Vajpayee was routinely photographed in mid-mouthful of some deliciously ghee-soaked sweet. Which probably explains why people found him so much more endearing than the apple-chomping Mr Advani.
Mr Gadkari is also trying to send out a signal that he, like the rest of us, cannot resist sinking his teeth into forbidden fruit.
Perhaps, the size zero Mr Gadkari plans to give Mr Advani a run, and we do mean that literally, for his money. Perhaps he plans a padyatra to keep pace with Mr Advani’s rath yatra.
This would ensure that Mr Advani’s chances of upstaging him are slim. This would also energise a party that is going through lean times. People have made fun of Mr Gadkari in roundabout ways. But with this stapling, he has shown that when it comes to a challenge, he certainly has the stomach for it.