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Naidu’s one-liners to add wit to V-P office

| | NEW DELHI

NDA's Vice-President nominee M Venkaiah Naidu's repartees are famous and are often greeted with a smile and guffaws by most of those crowding around him at any point. His rhyming retorts in the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha, at Press conferences, post-conferences and public rallies have always evoked hearty laughter from the listeners and provided much-needed relief to those wanting to unwind after a hectic day.

The latest was when the 'Rashtrapati nominee' was to be announced by the NDA and Naidu was asked whether he was the chosen one. "I neither want to become Rashtrapati (President), nor do I want to become Rs Up-rashtrapatiRs  (Vice-President). I am happy being Usha's pati (wife Usha's husband)," Naidu quipped when questioned by reporters.  Well, Naidu, it seemed had no choice, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi told him to be ready "to accept higher responsibility" of Vice-President on Monday morning.

Naidu's one-liners have lightened the tense atmosphere in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha and eased heaviness in both the Houses. 

At the high-charged debate on the division of Andhra Pradesh in Parliament in 2013 with the ruling UPA providing "no clarity" on the split of resources, Naidu alleged mishandling by the Congress Government saying  "first  provide than divide".

But vintage Naidu is known for this hard hitting and witty retorts on the political opponents. Speaking in the Lok Sabha in 2015, a year after Congress lost General Election and Assembly polls,   Naidu advised Rahul Gandhi  (though without naming him),  "Self-introspect if you can do it here and if you can't, then go somewhere far and do it."  Rahul was on what his party had described as "a leave of absence" for two weeks, to pour over the Congress's future.

Ahead of the Modi Government's completion of one year in office, when Rahul gave a 'zero' to the NDA Government's performance, Naidu took him on saying, "Zeros can't find Heroes."

On one occasion,  he derided Communist Party of India (CPI)  as "consumer price index".

During the whirlwind public meetings of BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in 2014, Naidu explained the 'new trend" set by the BJP  in organising public meetings  saying, "We don't believe in the four Bs, so we started charging Rs 5 (Rs . 10 in Tamil Nadu) from people who attend these meetings."

The four Bs, he said, were Bus, Biryani, Bottle and Bhatta (the money given to the mobilised crowd)!

Many of his jibes and acerbic sarcasms were directed at the mercurial Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh. "He is now the in-charge of AP. It has to be seen whether he will discharge his duties or the Congress opts for a recharge to make him work."

 

"A book on his repartees is in the offing," said one of his aides.  It remains to be seen whether the BJP leader from the 'United Andhra PradeshRs  would continue with his wit even after the elevation as Vice-President. The august office has, this time, Rs good chanceRs  of adding a dash of light humour, though within Rs some protocol'.  

 
 
 

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