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Hours after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced her support for Pranab Mukherjee’s candidature for the Presidency, the Delhi Government has decided to honour Didi by placing her photo at all U turn points in the capital. Announcing the decision, Delhi CM Sheila Dixit unveiled one such street sign at a press conference today. (See pic).
“We are delighted that Didi made a U-turn to back Pranabda and uphold the greatest ideals of democracy. So we thought what better way to pay homage to one of the foremost practitioners of U-turns by naming all U-turns in Delhi as Didi turns,” said the Delhi CM, to thunderous applause from the assembled TMC workers.
Trinamool Congress hasn’t officially responded to this honour yet. Insiders reveal that while Didi is flattered by Congress’ gesture, she isn’t amused with the choice of road-sign, after Derek’s painstaking efforts the previous day to convince everyone that it wasn’t a U-turn on TMC’s part.
The first such signboard is already up at a U-turn near Rajiv Chowk. However, the Didi U-turn signboards seem to be having a destabilizing effect on road traffic. One driver lamented that whenever he notices a ‘Didi turn’ signboard, he reflexively does a U-turn even if that wasn’t his intention.
Another commuter banged his car into a Didi U-turn after losing his mind. “I was proceeding to my destination and suddenly I saw Didi’s picture and my mind clouded up with all kinds of questions –‘Should I go ahead? Or should I change a lane? Why am I even driving in the first place and where am I headed in life?’ Finally, I ended up banging my car into the Didi signpost in sheer exasperation,” bemoaned Neeraj Kumar, who has since switched to the Metro for his daily commute.
There have also been stray incidents of cows, otherwise known to maintain their poise even in the face of chaotic traffic conditions, losing it completely in the vicinity of Didi signboards and behaving like Didi.
One person who has openly expressed his unhappiness with the Delhi Government’s move to honor Didi is Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who feels he’s been unfairly overlooked. “What is this yaar? If anyone should get his face on the U-turn signboard, it should be me! I did a U-turn long before Didi did. Doesn’t the Congress remember? Not fair at all!” he lamented.
However, the Delhi Government says Mulayam pictures will send out the wrong signal to drivers. “Didi’s pictures trigger indecisiveness but Mulayamji’s posters will induce drivers to completely stop obeying traffic rules. It would better if Gurgaon authorities honour Mulayamji thus instead,” said Sheila Dikshit.