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Flip Side: Second innings

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Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi at party office on Friday. ( Source: Express photo byAnil Sharma ) Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi at party office on Friday. ( Source: Express photo by Anil Sharma )

Now that the verdict is in and most Congressmen are out, it’s time to spare a thought for the losers. A majority of the UPA ministers bit the dust, which means they could all be unemployed, in political terms. That does not mean they sit on their hand, or hands, and most will find alternative ways to keep busy. Here are some suggestions gathered in an “exit” poll:

Rahul Gandhi: Can start an NGO dedicated to the empowerment of women and the youth, and children as well since that segment does elicit a strong public association. In every interview, no matter what the question, his stock answer was to do with empowering women and youth. Now that he’s the one that needs empowering and there’s no government behind him, or in front for that matter, he can actually start walking the talk. Baby steps, of course.

A K Antony: Can now join the church and become a priest, since he was always known as St Antony. Sainthood may be far away but, in his defence, there’s the clean image that the clergy have, since they are not called upon to make decisions, and passing the buck is pretty much like passing the collection plate. He can also dutifully follow the Ten Commandments, the key one being ‘Thou shalt not do anything’.

Kapil Sibal: Now that he needs to defend himself in the people’s court, the legal beagle has time to work on his poems that he keeps stored on his iPad. It was literally poetry in motion, since many were composed on his digital gadgets on the road or on flights. Some were on the 2G scam and his favourite defence — “zero loss” — sounds like the Congress score in most states. His magnum opus was called ‘Partial Observation’ which can now become ‘Total Annihilation’ since he will have the time to polish his iambic pentameter.

Salman Khurshid: He can now give his undivided attention to his Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust for the disabled. His stint in the Foreign Ministry will help since his heavy defeat means his focus will need to shift to external affairs.

Manmohan Singh: Would be a great success in treating insomniacs and those who find it difficult to sleep. He just has to sit there without saying a word and people will be put to sleep — an expertise he has shown on many occasions, or not shown, as the case may be. He has the doctor title anyway, so he may as well put it to good use. Alternatively, he can promote an app that puts your phone on silent mode with the touch of a remote.

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