When you are sick, you required ‘khichdi’, says senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders repeated ‘’khichdi government’ barb at the opposition.
The country will “resoundingly cure” the nation’s “political sickness” by showing the door to the BJP, the author-politician stated, referencing the ‘khichdi’, a dal-rice-vegetable mix viewed as a recipe to counter all kinds of ailments that has become an oft-used metaphor in political discourse.
In an interview to PTI, he stated there will be a new coalition government at the Centre with the Congress as its fulcrum come May 23 when the Lok Sabha poll results will be out.
On Modi’s ‘mahamilawat’ (adulterated) jibe, Tharoor stated the BJP has resorted to similar messaging every time it is pushed to the back foot, whether it is speaking of a “tukde-tukde gang”, labeling people “anti-national” or asking those who don’t agree with their worldview to go to Pakistan.
“Narendra Modi and his party are clearly experts in the politics of misrepresentation and peddling a divisive and jingoistic narrative, which is all they have to offer given their disastrous record in office,” the former Union minister stated.
On the BJP’s nationalism narrative, he alleged that Prime Minister Modi himself has not shied away from politicizing the armed forces, or projecting himself as the only capable protector of the country’s national security. He stated the BJP is making the “callous assumption” that the Indian voter will forget that the promised “achhe din” never came.
“When BJP supporters speak of ‘mahamilawat’ or say another coalition government would be a ‘khichdi’, I respond that when you are sick, you need khichdi!” he stated.
“I have no doubt that the country will resoundingly cure our nation’s political sickness by showing the door to the BJP by the 23rd of May,” the former Union minister further said.
Asking a poll rally in Koderma, Jharkhand, Modi last week said the opposition’s ‘mission mahamilawat’ is keen to form a “khichdi” government at the Centre, the strings of which will remain in the hands of the Congress.
Other senior BJP leaders have also warned against a ‘khichdi government’ of opposition parties, asserting the BJP can give a “mazboot sarkaar (strong government)” as opposed to the opposition’s “majboor sarkaar (helpless government)”.
Tharoor, who is tryingx a third straight Lok Sabha term from Thiruvananthapuram, that went to polls on April 23, also said the current mood of the nation is overwhelmingly in favor of the Congress and this has been a source of great optimism and infectious energy for the party’s ranks.
The voters of the country are simply fed up with the last five years of inept governance, divisive and communal politics and callous policymaking that has been the hallmark of the present ruling dispensation and are making their frustration clear while exercising their franchise, he claimed.