New Delhi: In a slip of tongue, Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia asked a crowd at a rally to “press the hand button” in the bypoll elections to be held on 3 November.
In a video that has gone viral, Scindia, who was campaigning Saturday for BJP candidate Imarti Devi in Dabra, can be heard saying, “Raise your hands and assure me that on 3 November, you will press the hand symbol.”
He subsequently almost ended up saying “And Congress…”, seemingly out of habit, after having spent nearly two decades in the party.
He then bit his tongue, realising his error, and said: “Kamal ke phool ka button dabega (Lotus symbol button will be pressed)”. The ‘hand’ is the election symbol of the Congress, while the ‘lotus’ is the BJP’s symbol.
Proper comedy !! 🤪😂 pic.twitter.com/eujD1G8lqV
— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) October 31, 2020
Scindia had resigned from the Congress and joined the BJP in March this year, taking with him 22 other MLAs of the party. Scindia’s move had led to the fall of the Kamal Nath government and paved the way for the return of BJP’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the Chief Minister.
Congress takes a swipe
The Congress took a swipe at Scindia and shared the video clip on its Twitter page, saying, “Scindia ji, the people of Madhya Pradesh assure you that they will press the button for hand symbol on 3 November.”
मध्यप्रदेश की जनता विश्वास दिलाती है कि तीन तारीख़ को हाथ के पंजे वाला बटन ही दबेगा। pic.twitter.com/dGJWGxdXad
— MP Congress (@INCMP) October 31, 2020
Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan took a jibe at the turncoat leader, saying: “Our chhota maharaja is a bit confused about the party he belongs to!”
Our chhota maharaja is a bit confused about the party he belongs to!😛 pic.twitter.com/THXrWuF9qC
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) November 1, 2020
A Twitter user compared Scindia’s slip with the iconic moment in American television sitcom Friends when Ross takes the wrong name at his wedding altar.
I Ross, take thee Rachel pic.twitter.com/zWHGeSIyhE
— Lebrown James (@Naa_Cheese) October 31, 2020
Voting will be held on 3 November for the bypolls on 28 Assembly seats of Madhya Pradesh.