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The latest Bollywood flick, Special 26, has contributed to a political crisis of grave proportions after Shri Mulayam Singh Yadav slapped a CBI officer, mistaking him for an impostor. This has led to an irreparable breakdown of the working relationship between key UPA allies, the CBI and Shri Mulayam Singh’s Samajwadi party, threatening the very survival of the UPA government.
Shri Mulayam was feeling chuffed, just having finished watching the first day first show of the heist movie, Special Chabbis, when a CBI officer, Puneet Sinha, called on him as part of routine coalition management duties in the wake of the Yadav strongman recently hinting at early Lok Sabha polls.
When the CBI officer politely insinuated that he might have to conduct a few raids, an infuriated Mulayam reflexively slapped him, saying CBI officers raiding politicians of the ruling coalition happens only in movies. The highly antagonized CBI officer in turn ordered an actual raid which led to Mulayam withdrawing support to the UPA.
Congress crisis managers are now working overtime to soothe frayed nerves and bring both the warring parties back to the negotiating table. “CBI and Mulayamji had a smooth and harmonious relationship up till now which had allowed the government to function smoothly and push through bold reforms. But this stupid movie with its ludicrous plot of a fake CBI officer raiding a minister has created avoidable friction,” confided a worried Congress trouble shooter. If things had gone as per plan, the CBI officer’s gentle threat of a raid should have led Shri Mulayam to retract his statements rather than slap the head of the premier investigation agency.
However, the crisis may come to an end with both Mulayam and the CBI agreeing to let bygones be bygones and resume their working relationship. “I was seething with so much rage after watching a minister being made a fool of by a fake CBI officer but in hindsight, I shouldn’t have let a dumb movie cloud my judgment. After all, when has the CBI ever acted independently of the government leadership?” said Mulayam, offering an olive branch to his colleague.