Clash of couplets between PM, Sushma
It was a clash of couplets between
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Leader of Opposition Sushma
Swaraj in the Lok Sabha as the debate on Motion of Thanks to
the President's Address peaked today.
The Prime Minister, while replying to the debate, attacked
BJP with an Urdu couplet saying "Humko hai unse wafa ke umeed,
jo jante nai hai wafa kya hai (We are expecting loyalty from
those who do not know the meaning of the word)".
He also took a jibe at the bravado of BJP leaders by
narrating another couplet -- "jo garajte hain, woh baraste
nahi (Thunderous clouds do not bring showers)".
Singh was responding to the "choicest abuses" hurled by
BJP leaders against Congress leadership and said he cannot
reply in the same language.
Soon after he completed his speech, Swaraj said that in
the world of poetry, there is a "debt" if a couplet is not
responded to with a couplet.
And she went on say: "Kuch toh majboorian rahee hongi,
yun hee koi bewafa nahee hota (there must have been some
compulsions, nobody becomes disloyal for no reason)."
She added another couplet addressed to the Prime Minister:
"Tumhe wafa yaad nahi, humein jafa yaad nahi. Zindagi aur maut
ke toh do hi tarane hein, ek tumhe yaad nahi, ek hamein yaad
nahi (you don't remember my loyalty, I don't remember your
disloyalty, life has only two songs - one you don't remember,
one I don't remember.)"
BJP President Rajnath Singh, who was singled out in the
attack by the Prime Minister, observed that in the last nine
years, he had never seen Manmohan Singh as "aggressive" as
He then went on to take a swipe on the Prime Minister by
saying that a flame burns the most aggressively when it is
about to extinguish.