Following upon the comment by Modi that ‘ it would take a “56-inch chest” to convert UP into Gujarat’ some senior leaders who see themselves as ‘PM-in-waiting’ have been seen joining gyms , reports FN honorary roving correspondent.
The prominent among these is Mulayam Singh who provoked Modi to make that remark. Having been a wrestler in youth, he has a fair chance of coping with Modi in this benchmark, and is reported to have accepted this challenge rather sportingly. He was seen sweating in a secret gym in Lucknow and practicing deep breathing exercises to increase the chest expansion.
Mr Chidambaram, who sees for himself an outside chance, should Rahul Gandhi refuse to take the baton from Dr Singh, has also been seen training hard. Others include Sharad Pawar and Chandrababu Naidu.
Arvind Kejriwal has refused to enter this unholy ‘rat race’ saying he has no such ambitions, but inside sources say that the real reason is his ill health.
Baba Ramdev, it has been learnt, is working on developing special pranayams to increase the chest expansion and will soon be organizing exclusive camps for senior politicians.
Mayawati , Mamta and Jayalalita , the three strong female contenders have strongly criticized NaMo for this male chauvinistic comment and challenged him to a direct test of the lung power through a shouting competition. Sushma Swaraj, the ‘could have been PM-in-waiting’ also has not taken kindly to this comment of Modi though publicly she has criticized the three lady politicians for reducing the PM contest into a shouting match.