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Matter of scales

Now all these fishy tales could be nothing more than a red herring to detract the voters’ attention from the many pressing issues at hand.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2009 22:44 IST

As the political big fish take on each other, as election campaign 2009 gets going, the politics of flora and fauna appears to have taken root. Now swimming in our volatile political waters is always a challenge but our leaders seem to have gone in for the gill. Narendra Modi, with his unique brand of humour, has taken the initiative by the tail and referred to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as a small aquarium fish. His party, said the intrepid Gujarat Chief Minister, had ocean fish that could weather big storms. The Congress seems to have swept upstream with the riposte that Mr Modi was a piranha. But if you thought that put him in his place, pisciculture then gave way to horticulture with Mr Modi claiming to be a jungle flower as opposed to the Congress’s flowers grown in orchards.

Now all these fishy tales could be nothing more than a red herring to detract the voters’ attention from the many pressing issues at hand. And the electorate may decide that it has other fish to fry, come poll day. But leave it to our netas. They are equally adept at going with the flow and swimming against the current.

No one ever said politics was a bed of roses but Mr Modi seems to be forcing opponents to grasp the nettle, however painful that may be. We only hope that this will flower into a more colourful debate. Who knows what other item will feature on the menu as the days go by, and who will get filleted first.