WITH TRENCHANT criticism having failed to do the trick, the Congress has decided to resort to sarcasm to register its protest against the felicitation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after a survey by newsmagazine Indian Today ranked Madhya Pradesh as the ‘fastest developing’ state.
Before the official felicitation function, to be held in the evening at Abhay Prashal, the Congress has decided to hold a mock felicitation function at Regal Crossing at 2 pm, where Congress leaders will pose as BJP leaders and receive the felicitation. Of course, the names of the BJP leaders are being changed to reflect what the Congress perceives is the true colour of these men.
So, PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is the main architect behind the felicitation function, is being christened as ‘Lok Bhrastachar Mantri’ (he is the Lok Nirman Mantri) and City Congress president Pramod Tandon will be acting the part. The Congress has always alleged that Vijayvargiya is one of the most corrupt ministers with his hands in various scams like the petroleum scam, Simhasta scam, borewell scam etc.
Vijayvargiya’s acolyte, City BJP president Ramesh Mendola, has been given the name of ‘Ramesh Pensiondhari’ for his alleged role in the multi-crore pension scam. City Youth Congress president Devendra Yadav will play Medola’s role.
The role of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is being labeled as ‘Aparadh Singh Chauhan’, would be played by former IDA chairman Kripa Shankar Shukla. The Congress has been accusing Chouhan of providing protection to ABVP leaders who are allegedly behind the murder of Prof Sabharwal, and they have demanded that the Chief Minister be booked under Section 120 B (that of conspiracy) for purposely giving misleading statements on the episode.
Some of the other players of this drama would be Tulsi Silawat, and he would don the mantle of BJP State president Satyanarayan Jatia who has been christened as Jhoot Narayan Ghatia. BJP State Organising Secretary Kaptan Singh Solanki has also not been spared and he has been given the title of ‘Sthanantaran Solanki’ for his alleged role in minting money while transferring bureaucrats, and former Congress MLA Ramlal Yadav will play his role.
Industry and Commerce Minister Babulal Gaur has been given the title of ‘Ghoshanalal Gaur’ and Leader of Opposition in IMC Suresh Minda will play his part. Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma is also the butt of Congress jibes and they have named her as ‘Pareshan Shashi Sharma’, alluding to the constant war of attrition with PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, which has left her harried on most cases. Mahila Congress leader Manisha Gaur will perform the Mayor’s role.
It remains to be seen how the administration reacts to the open mockery of the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues.