Sholay moment: Beta mat khel, nahi to Rakhi Birla aa jaayegi
Jibes, political swipes and playful banter defined the essence of the last session of the Delhi Assembly, which concluded on Tuesday. For perhaps the first time in years, the BJP's and Congress' paths seemed to converge, but only in their criticism of the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi, while the ruling party sat through the session with stoic nonchalance.
Congress MLA from Okhla, Asif Mohammed Khan started with a gem from the movie Sholay in reference to Women and Child Development Minister Rakhi Birla, whose car windscreen was shattered recently after it ostensibly was struck by a ball hit by teenager playing cricket. "Gaon mein jab 50-50 kos dur jab baccha bahar nikalte hain to maa kahegi beta mat khel, nahi to Rakhi Birla aa jaayegi. (For miles and miles around, when children go out, their mothers warn them, don't play, or else, Rakhi Birla may come," Khan said, eliciting laughter from even his intended target.
MLAs from BJP commented on AAP legislators when they tried to respond to their allegations. "Have you taken permission from your Chief Minister? You have been barred from speaking. Have you been authorised to speak by Kejriwal or Sisodia (Manish)?" BJP MLA Anil Jha asked. His remarks came after Kejriwal consistently asked his legislators not to respond to the Opposition.
Jha also took a jibe at the Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely for supporting the AAP. "Only eight of you have come here and you are saying so much," Jha said. Lovely retorted, "You have 32 MLAs and yet you are sitting in the Opposition."
Jha also responded to Haroon Yusuf's comment on how not even a "sparrow came to his house to protest when kerosene was banned," with, "Look around you, it seems nobody came to vote either."