New Delhi : Rahul Gandhi was the first to react to news of the Supreme Court referring the Gujarat riots probe to the trial court, a decision that is being seen as a huge relief for Narendra Modi.
“Whose bright idea was it to appoint an investigative body called SIT that just sits for nine long years? Finally it is that saudagar who stands tall,” he fumed at an emergency meeting of senior Congressmen, called to discuss the order. The meeting dispersed, with an unanimous resolution passed, admiring the young Gandhi’s ability to play around with words.
Manish Tewari came out of the party-imposed exile post the bodyline attack he bowled to Anna Hazare. He clearly hasn’t lost his sting, he showed as he tore into Modi, describing him as “communal, from head to toe.”
Ironically, there was gloom in the BJP too, though leaders tried their best to hide it behind their mukhotas. A Modi on the rise, would mean he becomes the Sachin Tendulkar in the prime ministerial batting order. President Nitin Gadkari however, tried to pour cold water by issuing a statement from Nagpur that BJP will field its most `vajandaar neta’ (heavyweight leader) as its PM candidate, leaving no one in doubt who he was referring to. Narendra Modi replied with a tweet : `God is great !’
Meanwhile, Modi’s office in Gandhinagar has been besieged with congratulatory calls from friends and foes. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar who had objected to Modi campaigning in his state before elections, called him to sing `har ek friend zaroori hota hai’. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee jocularly said if Modi wanted to export `Teesta’ (Setalvad) to Bengal, she would gladly accept as India wants to send away Bengal’s Teesta (waters) to Bangladesh.
Gujarat Tourism ambassador Amitabh Bachchan has promised to shoot more promotional films with the Gir lions, once his work with `Kaun Banega Crorepati’ gets over. And the enterprising Gujarati community has announced that it will manufacture a new car, that it will christen `NaMo’. One industrial group is reportedly worried that Gujjus would then say ta ta to the Nano.