Ganja sparks fume

The war of words was between BJP’s senior spokesman Hitesh Bajpai and Congress legislator from Chachoura assembly constituency, Lakshman Singh.
 
Ganja sparks fume
Illustration By Hasan Zaidi

By - Arup Chakraborty

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh spar over everything. The leaders of both the parties wait for an opportunity to do that. Most of the time they debate over absurd things. Nonetheless, they recently had a set-to over marijuana, and it was as interesting as the drug itself is. The war of words was between BJP’s senior spokesman Hitesh Bajpai and Congress legislator from Chachoura assembly constituency, Lakshman Singh. Both of them took to twitter.  Singh tweeted: Marijuana is unfortunately being associated with religion, being given the name of ‘Shiv Booti. This is the reason why its consumption is increasing and the youth are getting destroyed.”  His comments generated a lot of heat. Immediately after that, Bajpai tweeted: ``According to religious scriptures, Lord Shiva drank the poison that came from the Amrit Manthan, not Marijuana.” Witty Bajpai, then, cited references from the religious scriptures. He wrote there is mention of Ganja (hemp) in 200 different places in the Ayurveda. In Sanskrit, it is called Vijaya and its use is not considered bad. There are many Ayurvedic medicines in which not only is Vijaya used but opium is also used. It depends on how you use it and how important is the use of this ingredient.” Bajpai did not stop there and compared the use of hemp in India to that of the global average. He concluded that the use of cannabis in India is low. Bajpai said, “Maharaj! Don’t defame Lord Shiva forcibly to show yourself secular!” Singh retaliated: “You are so knowledgeable that I can’t compete with you.”  Curt was Bajpai’s reply: It was not my intention to hurt your honour. A Congress leader commented: “Such intellectual debates among politicians have become rare these days.” 

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Pension plan

Pension plan
Illustration By Hasan Zaidi

The assembly election in Madhya Pradesh will be held next year. The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress have plunged into action for that. The leaders of the ruling party are busy launching new projects like construction of roads, laying pipelines under Jal Jeevan Mission and handing benefits to the poor under various welfare schemes. An important minister of the state government has been out to make his constituency in Bundelkhand region smarter. He has been frequently inaugurating welfare projects and monitoring the work of the Smart City Limited. The Congress, too, is barely wasting any time. The party has announced that if it comes to power in 2023, it will waive the farmers’ loans, a promise they had made before the assembly election in 2018. They won the election. They, however, could not latch on to power. State party president Kamal Nath recently held a meeting with senior party leaders and asked them to prepare a roadmap for the state election. Besides waiving loans, the Congress announced that it would implement the old pension scheme. It is a major issue in Madhya Pradesh. The Rajasthan government led by Ashok Gehlot and the Chhattisgarh government led by Bhupesh Baghel have already implemented it. Reacting to the Congress’s pension plan, a senior BJP leader said that the opposition takes a lot of tension over pension. They seem to be a little nervous.

Blathering on

Congress’s Rajya Sabha member Digvijaya Singh has recently said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hires stone-pelters to trigger riots. As usual, like his other comments, this remark, too, kicked up dust. Singh is known for making comments that trigger sniggers as well as controversies. A few BJP leaders demanded an FIR against Raja Sahib who courted controversy on earlier occasions, too, by giving controversial remarks. The Congress, however, kept away from any comments on the issue. He recently courted a controversy by posting a debatable photograph of a mosque, and an FIR was lodged against him at a local police station. The ministers of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government tore into Raja Sahib for his comments on hiring stone-pelters. Home minister of the Madhya Pradesh government Narottam Mishra called it a ‘bizarre allegation’. This, however, failed to stop Raja Sahib. In another tweet, Singh said, “I did not want to reveal the source of the information that I mentioned, but then a social worker from Jawad, Pankaj Tiwari, has already mentioned it.” The national TV channels as well as social media raised a storm over Digvijaya’s comments. A senior IAS officer at Mantralay, however, said, “Such comments, though increase TRP rates of TV channels, divert the common man’s attention from real issues. The TV channels should stop rattling on about non-issues.”  

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Tailpiece

A newlywed woman tells her husband: “Before marriage you were on and on, but now, you’ve become anon. What’s the matter? Has something gone wrong?”

The man replies: “Now that you go on and on, I’ve barely any alternative but to remain anon.”