It has nothing to do with Kaun Banega Crorepati. And yet, the stakes are equally placed if not higher. The rank and file in state BJP is voraciously stuffing itself with anything remote that attempts to answer one question: What does Shehzada mean?
Dictionaries, Internet and smart phones - the BJP is leaving no medium untouched in its bid to define a moniker for AICC V-P Rahul Gandhi that its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has taken a fancy for. The question has been haunting the party brass and workers ever since the state Congress lodged a formal complaint against Modi for using a “derogatory” word to refer to the Gandhi scion during his Udaipur visit.
On Wednesday, however, BJP’s communication cell did not come handy for its leaders looking up the meaning as they were told the Internet was ‘down’.
So, the online search for the meaning of the word shahzada was scuttled for a brief moment when without any advice or instruction, workers started coming up with references by looking up the Internet on their mobile phones. Others cross-verified its meaning by sifting through the pages of the good-old dictionary. Calls were made and received after which one of the senior office bearers said, “Shahzada literally means son of a king, his (Rahul’s) father was the prime minister of India and maybe that’s why he is being addressed as Shahzada by Narendra Bhai.”
The party, however, is quick to dismisses the complaint against Modi as baseless and says it’s yet to get any call from the election department officially. Speaking to dna, party’s spokesperson Kailashnath Bhatt said that, “If election department takes any cognizance, we will take suitable action, it’s a baseless allegation,” he said.
Sushil Sharma, spokesperson of Congress, said, “They used to call him Yuvraj and now Shahzada, they are finding new words to demean our Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.”