Raipur , 24 August. Barely had they imagined that their vying for winning some brownie points while celebrating Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s birthday would finally end up creating infamous ‘DK Barua’ moments in Chhattisgarh. With no clue that they were building up a laughter moment, there was no question of pressing a ‘pause-button’ to the ludicrous drama to stop further embarrassment for the embattled grand old party.
Former Raipur mayor Pramod Dubey who now heads the fledgling municipal body as its chairperson and had been a ‘persona non grata’ forChief Minister Baghel for a long time now, was the first to hit the headlines when every person with even slightest Congress credentials, was occupiedwith his enterprising birthday bash apparently to entice the inconvincible CM.
Dubey who has been running out of favours from Baghel for quite a long time, in an apparent move to please the Chief Minister, announced that he will felicitate everyone who is blessed with the fortunate name of ‘Bhupesh’. “We are going to felicitate all our brethren named as ‘Bhupesh’. Those having their name as Bhupesh, kindly do send their mobile number and Adhar Card for the same”, he declared on his Facebook page.
The social media platforms burst into laughter when screenshot of this post began circulating at a lightning speed. “If you are felicitating people with Bhupesh as their names, why not your government, announce to make all people named Bhupesh as Chief Minister for one day” derided a Facebook user. This is the height of sycophancy, replied another user Prabhakar Shrivastava.
Another Congress leader and General Secretary Chhattisgarh Olympics Association, Gurucharan Hora went a step further while wishing Bhupesh Baghel a happy birthday. “ Happy Birthday to celebrated Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel who is the crown of sports as the president of Chhattisgarh Olympics Association. India attained glory in Tokyo Olympics under your leadership, he wrote on his Facebook only to become a laughing stock a few moments later as the screenshot gone viral. In another post the prominent sports authority dropped all his initial inhibitions and went on to declare that India won record medals in Tokyo Olympics under the leadership of Baghel.
These are not isolated events in Indian polity especially in southern peninsula where Dravidian parties and larger than life image of leaders rules the roost, but rare do such incidents occur in north India. However, given the relentless and adamantine style of functioning of former Digiviay Singh protégé Bhupesh, several leaders with no spine began to cozying up to the CM. Congress regime in Chhattisgarh, to some extent, has turned out to be “Chhattisgarh is Bhupesh and Bhupesh is Chhattisgarh” on the lines of the infamous DK Barua quotes who as then Congress President had claimed “Indira is India and India is Indira”.