Here is one discordant tune that singer-turned-parliamentarian Baabul Supriyo had not bargained for when he hit out at Shatrughan Sinha this morning.
Shatruji in his typical quipster’s style had commented that the BJP has been given “tripletalaaq” by Rajasthan in the elections.
To this Baabul commented, “Shatrughan Sinha ji ko bolta hu aapko itni nafrat hai to kyo rozaake sansad mein baithte hain? Kyo aisi situation paida karte hain ki dusro ko bolna pade’khamosh’. Dressing room ki baat wahin rehni chahiye. Aap teen talaq dijiye aur khud choddijiye BJP.”
Not one to take the put-down lying down, Shatrughan Sinha now says, “Baabul abhibachcha hai. Naya josh hai wafadaari dikhane ka(he wants to show his loyalty). But his level of sycophancy is sickening. I’ve been in politics from before he was born.And I was part of the film industry from before he was even a thought. He should think about whom he’s telling to be khamosh and why he’s doing it.I can understand his eagerness to please the powers-that-be.After all he was given a ministerial portfolio, albeit a completely useless one , which he got on the basis of a mercy-petition case.He is like one of those upstarts on the sets of one of my films who tries to make his presence felt by waving and hand and jumping up and down when the camera rolls.”
Shatruji says he was trying to inject humour into what he sees as a grim situation with his “triple talaaq” comment. “First of all Baabul must understand that humour is an essential part of politics. If we don’t laugh about what is going on in the country we will die crying.Humlog rotey-rotey mar jayenge. Secondly, what does he mean by dressingroom ki baat? Are we all naked and waiting to put on our clothes while Baabul the Great gives us all a dressing-down in our dressing-room? And don’t forget, you’ve been going around looking for work in the same dressing rooms of showbiz , if that’s what you mean by dressingroomki baat. So next time before telling me to be khamosh, think about what you are saying before the nation tells you to be khamosh.People are hurt wounded and betrayed. Yehchamchagiri wali raajniti nahin chalegi(this politics of sycophancy won’t work).”
Baabul Supriyo chose to react saying. “As a respected and a revered artist it won’t be unfair to expect some decorum from Shatruji. He can’t continue to make provocative potshots at the top leadership and party you represent in the parliament. Though Teen Talaq is illegal, I guess we will qubool it should he decide to resign from the party. This is my strong personal view as a BJP loyalist and not as a Minister.”