In a rather surprising turn of events, BJP chief, Nitin Gadkari, has been roped in by the producers of MasterChef Australia to judge the fifth season of the internationally acclaimed cooking show. Speaking to reporters, Justin Rudd, manager of FreeMantle Media, confirmed that Gadkari had been finalized to judge the show along with the previous season’s judges, George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston.
While the trio will be the regular judges, the BJP chief will feature in Thursday’s Elimination episode, likely to be renamed as “Guru Gadkari’s Challenge”. An official in the Production company revealed on condition of anonymity that a drop in ratings last year, had persuaded the producers to look for a new face and the presence of a large Indian diaspora in Australia helped Gadkari’s cause.
Meanwhile, an elated Gadkari expressed hope that he’d do well in his new role, despite his inexperience at cooking. “I know it is surprising, but so was my appointment as the chief of the Bhartiya Janata Party. I’m hopeful of a second term here as well,” he added. On being asked if it would interfere with his political schedule Gadkari said, “The party has a number of able leaders and I’m sure my absence wouldn’t be felt.”
The Congress has reacted sharply to Gadkari’s new job. Party spokesperson, Manish Tewari said that the double standard of the BJP had been exposed. “On one hand, they lambast the govt and its ministers on Foreign Direct Investment and foreign bank accounts, and on the other hand they’re judging foreign shows,” he said. Party General Secretary, Digvijaya Singh took a dig at Gadkari by saying that the opposition party has deviated from the politics of ‘Chal, Charitra and Chehra‘ and got involved in ‘Chamcha, Chaaku and Chhura‘.
(Reported by Citizen Satirist Jagannath Ajnabi)