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Congress sues Mayawati for copyright violation over sycophancy

08, Feb 2011 By Pagal Patrakar

New Delhi. Congress has strongly objected to the incident of a retired police officer wiping mud off Mayawati’s shoes as she talked to others, claiming that such sycophancy didn’t suit non-Congress parties and leaders. The grand old political party has further served a legal notice on the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister accusing her of rampantly copying Congress’ policies and culture without any due credit or compensation.

“First she started building random monuments and parks named after public figures, then she wore garland of money, and now this,” Congress spokesman and lawyer Manish Tewari said, “This is a clear case of copying us blatantly.”

Sonia Gandhi as Rani Laxmibai
A Congress leader’s tribute to Sonia Gandhi

Tewari claimed that the act of wiping the mud off Mayawati’s shoes was inspired by the “achievement” of Maharashtra minister and Congress leader Ramesh Bagwe, who carried chappals (slippers) of Rahul Gandhi almost exactly a year back.

“What next? Will Mayawati drive a bicycle on Lucknow roads in track suits?” wondered Mr. Tewari.

Apart from serving a legal notice and seeking a compensation of 1.5 lakhs life-size Mayawati statues made in gold, Congress has also decided to protest against this public show of sycophancy by BSP friendly elements by organizing state wide rallies, where party workers will wipe the dust off all the hoardings and posters of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi in the state.

Meanwhile BSP is unfazed with both the criticism as well as the legal notice. Party sources inform that the workers have already averred to double their levels of sycophancy and even make a show out of it, as they had done last time by presenting a second garland made of money to Mayawati when the first one was criticized.

“Of course we can’t ask Behenji to walk in mud again,” said a BSP strategist, “We are in talks with Imagine TV to host a celebrity special show of ‘Zor Ka Jhatka – Total Wipeout’ where Behenji might fall in one of those mud-pools. The moment that happens, every party worker would assemble and start wiping off the mud.”