Barbs! Who is amused?

It took Union minister Beni Prasad Verma full one year to come out of his hibernation, induced soon after the 2012 assembly elections in the state. We all know why. Despite the great grand show put up by the Congress, loaded with sop and sob stories, the party ended fourth with 28 out of 403 assembly seats in the state. They were rightly reprimanded by Sonia Gandhi with, ‘There were too many cooks to spoil the broth.’

But then politicians are a hard nut to crack. Beni is back with his vitriol, with some new words added to his dictionary and I am sure others of his ilk would join him soon. Going by their behaviour, it appears elections are not far away.

Perhaps what Beni has forgotten is that his friends turned foes had taken their political lessons in the same school that he too attended. SP leaders are thus retaliating in filthier language – one really wonders how low the war of words would go. Beni calls Mulayam harbourers of terrorists; Shivpal calls Beni a drug addict. They all are ministers and are making light of such serious allegations. How do they expect the voters to believe their words?

But since when has Beni become an astrologer that he is going around predicting four Lok Sabha seats for the Samajwadi Party in the forthcoming general election. He says that’s the number of pallbearers who are required for the party’s funeral procession.

Beni is a die-hard fan of Bollywood films, how come he doesn’t remember the famous dialogue, ‘Jinke ghar sheeshe ke hote hai, woh doosron par pathar nahin maarte hain’ (those who live in glass houses don’t throw stones on others). Imagine, Beni making such predictions while he doesn’t know what his party’s fate would be. The barbs are hardly amusing.

It’s high time the party high commands restrain the loose cannons in their respective parties. After all people expect some dignity in public life even when skeletons are tumbling out of each cupboards.

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