The word ‘hypothetical’ is quite crucial in political lexicon. Politicians often use this word to avoid uncomfortable topics or question. But nowadays there is a lot of ‘buzz’ among the BJP workers regarding an emerging ‘hypothetical’ situation. Voting in Gujarat and Himachal is already over; and exit polls have signalled that winds are shifting in BJP’s favour. But the catch here is that if the incumbent CM loses his MLA seat, will he take the CM oath when the next BJP government is formed?
The question is valid because Pushkar Singh Dhami was made the CM of Uttarakhand again even after he lost his seat as MLA. Even though there is no concrete answer that can clear this speculation, the question is being repeatedly asked about Himachal Pradesh. It is also a hilly state that shares borders with Uttarakhand. The Chief Ministers of both states belong to ‘Thakur’ caste. There is also a possibility that Himachal Pradesh is also facing a similar internal sabotage like its neighbour.
Yediyurappa’s film debut
There is a possibility that you might soon see BS Yeddiyurappa on the silver screen. He won’t be directly involved in the film, but there may be shots of him in some scenes. A biopic is being made on former Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah. Renowned Tamil star Vijay Sethupathi will play his role in the film. In some scenes of the movie, Yediyurappa and Siddaramaiah might be seen debating in the assembly. Now whether abusive parts of scenes are retained or not, will depend entirely on Siddaramaiah’s discretion.
List of abuses
Meanwhile, BJP has compiled a long list of abusive words that were used by various Congress leader for PM Modi on several occasions. It is learnt that so far, the list has 80 such abusive words. Which politician used what word against the PM at what time —all is documented in a dozen-and-half pages.
Spurt of Gujarat experts
These days BJP is overflowing with Gujarat-experts. All the party workers who are going back to their home states after election campaigning in Gujarat are sharing all kinds of information about the state. Their political wisdom is somewhat similar, but everyone has their own sense of wisdom about Gujarati food and beverages, clothes and fabrics, places of pilgrimage, tourist places, trees and plants, agriculture, farming, rent among several other things. Some workers are too enthusiastic to write a book on Gujarat. They are even talking about making an OTT film on the subject.
Goa Memoirs of Sreedharan Pillai
Goa Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai is writing a book on Goa. During his tenure, Pillai has toured the state extensively and he wants to document those experiences into a book. He is also being advised to release the video recordings of his visits in a proper sequence, so that people get to know about Goa in a better way.
The real taste of Presidency
The new Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge was conducting his first Steering Committee meet. He complained that General Secretaries of the party don’t visit their assigned states enough. After this, the General Secretaries started talking among themselves, and said that they do visit their states and even submit reports of it but nobody pays attention. They are willing to visit their states more often but if bigger leaders of the state insist on talking to the higher ups on their own then the General Secretaries have nothing to do. Just then a General Secretary pointed out at the big fuss of it all. Whether they visit their states or not, it hardly makes a difference.
Bharat Agrawal is Executive Director, Dainik Bhaskar Group, and a columnist.
By special arrangement with Dainik Bhaskar and translated by Ram Lal Khanna from the original in Hindi.
(Edited by Ratan Priya)