Chennai : Tamilnadu’s finance minister O Panneerselvam has been declared the most fit politician in the state. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa made the announcement at a function in Chennai on Sunday evening, showering high praise on Panneerselvam’s obsession with keeping himself fit.
“People think he is prostrating before me and the media has a field day, publishing all those photographs,” mocked Jayalalithaa. “Little do they know that Panneerselvam is in fact, exercising. On days, when I summon him for an early morning meeting and he misses his morning exercise, he bends his back at Poes Garden.”
Panneerselvam was chief minister of Tamilnadu for a brief period in 2001-02 when Jaya’s appointment as CM was quashed by the Supreme court and is considered a fierce loyalist. Receiving the award, he said, “When people say I do not have a spine, I laugh. Because I wonder how did they find that out.”
The award interestingly announced on April 1, has however, caused a consternation in Tamilnadu’s political circles. Actor-turned-politician Vijaykanth, who is popularly called `Captain’ in Tamilnadu said, “ I am Gapten. Hic. This is an insult to me, my fans and my party. Hic. DMDK will move a privilege motion in the Assembly because it should have been my privilege to be declared the most fit politician. Hic.”
Kollywood has refrained from commenting on the award. Rajinikanth was his usual humble self, merely smiling and saying, “Kanna, God is Great.” However, comedien Vadivelu who campaigned for the DMK in the elections last year, inexplicably flared up, shouting, “Nonsense, idiot, shut up.”
Meanwhile, B S Yeddyurappa has released a photograph of his, to demonstrate how fit he is. In a statement issued from Bangalore, the former Karnataka CM said, “It is heartening to note that fit ministers are being encouraged. I am also healthy and very fit. Our national president Nitin Gadkari ji knows the importance of good health. I hope Gadkari ji will see my photograph (enclosed) and agree to my appointment as the next chief minister of Karnataka.”
(Pic courtesy : nakkeeran.com)