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In what is being hailed as tectonic realignment of political forces, former Maharashtra Deputy CM and estranged nephew of Sharad Pawar, the irrepressible Ajit Pawar, has joined hands with another disgruntled nephew, the one and only Raj Thackeray. Their respective parties have merged into a new political force called the “Justice for Nephews” party of India, which will have a socially progressive outlook, catering to the interests of nephews and nieces all over India, irrespective of their ethnic, linguistic, religious and economic status.
“Enough is enough,” thundered Ajit during a joint press conference with Raj Thackeray while announcing the new formation, “I have decided to not let myself be oppressed and exploited at the hands of Sharad Pawar uncle. From ancient times, uncles have been committing atrocities on their nephews. It was Dhritarashtra in Mahabharata who could not see the Pandavas as his rightful inheritors. And since then, this Dhritarashtra syndrome has gripped the nation. Look at Raj. How committed he was to serve Shiv Sena, the party of his uncle? All he wanted was an equal chance to spread venom in his speeches. And even in this era of “Right to Freedom of Speech”, his uncle Bal Thackeray gave away the copyrights of his speeches to his mild mannered son, Udhav. He didn’t have any option but to rebel. Same is the case with me.”
“I empathize with Ajit Pawar,” chimed in Raj Thackeray, “Why should Sharad Pawar be the only one accumulating wealth through scams? His nephew has also worked very very hard for it. Why should he be deprived of his jagir?
“I tell you, behind every Lavasa, wheat import scam, stamp paper scam, IPL scam and so on, Ajit has contributed equally but hasn’t been rewarded enough. While the uncle gets a chance to become Maharashtra CM, Union Defense Minister, Food and Agriculture Minister, BCCI and ICC President, the equally hard lobbying nephew gets to become only Irritation Irrigation Deputy CM in his long political life. What kind of justice is this?” he continued to taunt in his inimitable style.
“That’s why, so as to address the grievances of estranged nephews, we have decided to form the ‘Justice for Nephews’ party. I am willing to invite Varun Gandhi as well to join our party because he has been denied the privileges and perks of being a Nehru-Gandhi scion that his aunty Sonia Gandhi and cousin Rahul enjoy. I am even ready to forget that he is from UP,” added the MNS chief, getting emotional.
The Justice for Nephews movement is attracting disgruntled nephews from other political parties as well. Sources say Jyotiraditya Scindhia is in talks to become a card carrying member, given his soured ties with aunty Vasundhara Raje Scindhia of the BJP. And chances are that Dayanidhi Maran may also join the party because of irreconcilable differences with his uncle and DMK supremo, Thiru Mu. Karunanidhi.
Leaders have decided that their party symbol will be the ‘=’ (equality sign), signifying equality and equivalence between uncles and nephews. And in keeping with the core philosophy of the party, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, nephew of the legendary Sufi maestro, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, has been invited to perform during the party’s inaugural mass rally. The party is expected to garner a good response from both urban and rural voters, especially those who are engaged in land quarrels within the uncles of their family.
The fledgling outfit has also struck a chord with Bollywood with leading star, Hrithik Roshan, rallying to its cause. “Why should Rajesh uncle be the only one to compose music for our home productions? Why can’t we avail the talents of other talented music directors?” wailed the Krrish star, while pledging his unconditional support for the nascent political movement.
However, the biggest boost for the party may come from 10, Janpath itself with young Rehan, Priyanka Gandhi’s son, expressing his desire to be associated with the outfit’s youth wing. “Well, if Rahul uncle gets hitched and has kids, I anticipate huge problems in my political career. So might as well take pre-emptive measures,” reasoned the junior Nehru-Gandhi scion.