Bam Bam Bhole

Sunday Express - - INDIA -

A GOP vet­eran, in semi-re­tire­ment, re­cently quipped, "Now we have two Hindu par­ties, one Vaish­navite (Ram bhakt) and the other Shaivite (Shiv bhakt)". The leader of the lat­ter is los­ing no oc­ca­sion to prove it too. Nearly stumped by a goo­gly from a young jour­nal­ist in MP, who asked why he was of­ten in­fan­tilised as 'Pappu', he cited his Shivb­hakti as the rea­son. Not known for quick re­torts, Rahul Gandhi sur­prised the jour­nal­ist by ask­ing if she was aware of Lord Shiva's pop­u­lar name -- "Bholanath". He prefers to be "Bhola" like the Lord, he said, and prefers not to re­spond to jibes of the op­po­nents. The ap­plause he got, how­ever, seems like mak­ing his po­ten­tial al­lies a bit jit­tery, just as the crescendo over the Ram mandir is mak­ing BJP al­lies un­com­fort­able.

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