Twit­ter spat: Scin­dia, Nath and Diggy trade tiger barbs ‘tiger zinda hai’

BJP leader’s re­mark starts ver­bal war

The Asian Age - - Nation - RABINDRA NATH CHOUDHURY

A day se­nior BJP leader Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia re­minded his “arch ri­vals”, Ka­mal Nath and Digvi­jay Singh, of his re­turn to cen­tre stage of pol­i­tics in Mad­hya Pradesh with tiger anal­ogy, the lat­ter on Fri­day paid him back in the same coin by tak­ing help of sim­i­lar me­taphors.

Mr Scin­dia, who pulled down the 15-month-old Ka­mal Nath gov­ern­ment by switch­ing over to BJP from Congress three months ago to “avenge” his marginal­i­sa­tion in the grand old party, on Thurs­day thun­dered the pop­u­lar Bol­ly­wood line ‘tiger abhi zinda hai’, taken from Sal­man Khan star­rer Tiger Zinda Hai, to send a re­minder to the two Congress vet­er­ans that he has staged a strong come­back in state pol­i­tics by get­ting lion’s share in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Cab­i­net.

For­mer chief min­is­ter Mr Singh how­ever re­torted back by re­count­ing his past favourite sport of hunt­ing tigers when the Wildlife Act had not come into force. af­ter

J. Scin­dia

“Late Mad­havrao Scin­dia (Mr Scin­dia’s fa­ther) and I used to hunt tigers when there was no ban on hunt­ing. Af­ter Indira Gandhi brought in the Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Act, 1972, I started cap­tur­ing tigers in my cam­era,” Mr Singh tweeted.

In an­other tweet, he ob­served that a tiger was a ter­ri­to­rial an­i­mal and pres­ence of more than one tiger in a forest leads to ter­ri­to­rial fights caus­ing death of one of them.

He was ap­par­ently re­mind­ing Mr Scin­dia of the lat­ter’s prospec­tive ad­ver­sary in rul­ing BJP, chief min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who had pre­sented a sim­i­lar tiger anal­ogy af­ter he lost power in the 2018 As­sem­bly elec­tions in MP.

For­mer chief min­is­ter and se­nior Congress leader Ka­mal Nath also took a pot­shot at Mr

Digvi­jay Singh

Scin­dia for his re­marks by por­tray­ing him as a “cir­cus tiger”.

“Tigers are found in two con­trast­ing en­vi­ron­ments, in jun­gles and in cir­cuses. Cir­cus tigers lack the ba­sic in­stinct of ag­gres­sion as dis­played by their jun­gle peers. Sim­i­larly, there are two kinds of horses, one used as a show­piece to bridge grooms and the other used in races,” Mr Nath re­marked sar­cas­ti­cally.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, Mr Scin­dia on Fri­day said that he was sur­rounded by “cheels” (ea­gles, fal­cons) who were out to at­tack him. He how­ever added that the prey birds chose to at­tack him be­cause they found some­thing in him.

He was ad­dress­ing a vir­tual rally of BJP here in which chief min­is­ter Mr Chouhan and state party pres­i­dent V.D. Sharma par­tic­i­pated.

Ka­mal Nath

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