My poetry is a declaration of war, not an exordium to defeat— Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
After the former Prime Minister, it’s time for Sushil Kumar Modi to take recourse to poetry for an unprecedented yet poetic attack on chief minister Nitish Kumar in the run-up to the general elections.
On Saturday, when the state was celebrating Bihar Divas, Sushil, once Nitish’s deputy, tweeted: “Suru ho raha Bihar ke liye naya din, kab tak sarkar chalaoge, bahumat ke bin… (The new day for Bihar is to start but how long will you run the government without majority).”
This is not the first time that Sushil has waged a poetic war against Nitish as on the eve of Holi, he reacted to the latter’s decision of not celebrating the festival of colours because of the Chhapra midday meal tragedy with: “Holi na khelney ka aaya naya kaaran, dus mahiney baad yaad aya inko saran/ Jab teish bachchi ki gayi thi jaan, tab kya bandh ho gaye aapke kaan? (For not playing Holi he has found a new reason as after 10 months they are now recalling the tragedy. Where were you when 23 children died?).”
In striking the poetic chord, Sushil has found close similarity with the party patriarch, Vajpayee.
However, while Vajpayee was a well-known poet, Sushil’s poems are written by his supporters and even his son, Akshay. Akshay, after completing his LLB from National Law Institute University-Bhopal, is going to take admission to Oxford University in bachelor in civil law.
About the reason behind the sudden poetic attacks, Sushil said: “The use of such poetic language is a new way of attacking opponents in a soft manner. Also, the use of poetic language creates more impact on my followers.”