Delhi confidential: Biting Sound Bite

Trinamool Congress spokesman and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien has, now taken to giving television bites with a piece of unseasonal watermelon in hand.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 9, 2016 1:17 am
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If elections are here, can theatrics be far behind? And what is theatre without some props. Trinamool Congress spokesman and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien has, thus, now taken to giving television bites with a piece of unseasonal watermelon in hand. The watermelon, he claims, is a symbol of the Left-Congress alliance — red inside, green on the out. The watermelon simile, incidentally, was coined many years ago for certain Congress leaders in West Bengal who have since risen through the ranks of the breakaway party, O’Brien’s Trinamool Congress.

Kapoor Versus Kapur

Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor and her estranged husband Sanjay Kapur showed up in Supreme Court Tuesday in connection with their matrimonial discord in accordance with the court’s order. It did not take long for the word to spread. Soon, many court staff were found missing from their seats, while lawyers and their clerks swarmed the court corridor to get a glimpse of the actress. Many others skipped lunch, waiting for Karisma to emerge from the judges’ chamber, where the proceedings had to be shifted due to the crammed courtroom.

Berry Berry Good

He may have given a seemingly prolonged speech on various issues touched upon by President Pranab Mukherjee in his address, but if there was one mention that drew applause from the entire House it was M S Gill’s reference to Ramayana. Raising the issue of tribal people and seeking the attention of the government to their sorry state of affairs, Gill said Shabri, a Bhil woman in Ramayana, had tasted the berries before offering them to Rama. “In Punjab, we know enough of the Ramayana and Mahabharata,” Gill said. After a pause, he added, “What I do not know till date is whether Rama ate those berries or not.” He then asked Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to “investigate” this “intellectual question.”

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