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Who is afraid of Uma?

india Updated: Jul 23, 2006 17:16 IST

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IT IS a measure of BJP’s pusillanimity vis-à-vis Uma Bharti that none in the party could summon courage to react to the Sadhvi’s acidic diatribe against Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani, the two most sacred father figures of the BJP.

The Bharatiya Janshakti president alleged link of the two stalwarts with drug traffickers and mafia in a recent press conference but the BJP did not react to the allegations. BJP leaders, including Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, get invariably ill at ease whenever confronted with any question about Uma’s fulmination against the State Government.

There is a buzz that L K Advani did not formally talk to the press during his Bhopal visit on July 16 just to avoid facing any question related to Uma’s allegations against him. She may have left the party but her terror still haunts. Imagine how sharply the BJP media cell would have reacted had the allegations been levelled by Congress leaders?

Congress faux pas
President A P J Abdul Kalam’s fitness could be a matter of envy for any young man half his age. When the septuagenarian President walks it looks as though he has spring in his feet. But the State Congress had almost presumed him ill.

It so happened that the memorandum that the Congress was to present to the President during his Bhopal visit contained a line,.. “Aaapane Apani Asvasthata  Ke Bavajood Hamen Apna Samay Diya……(you gave us time despite your illness”—-). At the last moment a senior Congress leader detected the faux pas. The word was to be Vyastata (preoccupation) and not Asvasthata. Immediately the mistake was corrected.  

Courtesy in politics
Happily enough, political leaders in Madhya Pradesh have not allowed their rivalry to degenerate into the bitter animosity that manifests itself in Jaya-Karunanidhi or Mayawati-Mulayam Singh relationships. This bright aspect of the MP politics keeps occurring every now and then.

During the sendoff to President A P J Kalam at the airport, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh rose on his seat as he saw Digvijay Singh standing beside him.

As they chatted, School Education Minister Narottam Mishra offered his seat to the former chief minister. Minutes later, the Congress delegation of which Digvijay Singh was a part, was urging the President to dismiss of the State Government through a memorandum. 

Rustic Raghuvansh 
Our leaders should learn a lesson or two from Union Rural Development Minister Dr Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on how to castigate the media without offending media men. His rustic charm swayed the journalists in a recent press conference even as he taunted at TV news channels for ‘incessantly’ showing item girls at the expense of the country’s poor.

“ Woh item girl.. (Rakhi Sawant).. arey usey bhi dikhaiye .. humein bhi achcha lagta hai.. par chaar-paanch minute.., yeh kya ki chaubison ghante bus usey hi usey dikhate hai .. hamare gareebon ka haal bhi toh dikhaiye kabhi.’’
The press conference punctuated  with the minister’s   homespun humour  and quick repartees lasted an hour and no one was complaining.