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The politics of kiss and tale

india Updated: Oct 14, 2008 23:13 IST
Sujata Anandan
Sujata Anandan
Hindustan Times
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First, the Congress was highly embarrassed by partyman Sanjay Nirupam’s presence on Bigg Boss 2. Now it is the BJP blushing over Rahul Mahajan’s antics on the show over the past eight weeks.

Now Congress leaders are laughing at the BJP even as Sunil Ahire, president of the Mumbai Pradesh Youth Congress, filed an obscenity complaint against the show seeking restraint on scenes that, according to him, cannot be promoted as family viewing.

Rahul was obviously close to ‘item girl’ Payal Rohatgi, evicted last week, but is now keen on Monica Bedi, partner of gangster Abu Salem. He is unable to hide his feelings for this gangster’s moll he describes as an “angel”. That has become grist for the Congress mill, along with other scenes like Rahul dressed only in a towel, kissing other contestants et al.

That Rahul Mahajan makes Bigg Boss 2 rock is perhaps not quite up to his image as a politician or a youth icon is undeniable. And the BJP has caught on to this quickly.

One BJP leader told the Hindustan Times with great dismay: “I had some explaining to do to my daughter the other day. She asked me what exactly was Rahul doing on the show and I did not know what to say.”

But Nitin Gadkari, Maharashtra BJP president, is clear that his party need do no explaining.

“As far as we are concerned, Rahul is on the show in his personal capacity. He is the son of Pramod Mahajan, true. But he is not a BJP leader. He is not our youth icon either, not an office bearer and not even a worker of the BJP. So we have no connection with him. What he does is of his own concern,’’ he said.

Nirupam’s early eviction saved Congress the embarrassment and Gadkari has redeemed the BJP’s image. The final loser, then, will be Rahul Mahajan. He can kiss goodbye to that ticket he is expecting from the BJP.