25 October, 2020

A Man Of Many Parts

His ties promise to make Shekhawat's role larger than that of his constitutional office

Jitender Gupta
A Man Of Many Parts
It was more like a celebration after a chief minister is sworn in. Soon after he was elected India's 12th vice-president, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat drove to New Delhi's Rajasthan House, where he was greeted with slogans, garlands and sweets. Supporters from his home state congratulated him. Shekhawat was enjoying his moment of glory. Soon, a group of eunuchs arrived. Not one to hide in his room, the 78-year-old Shekhawat came to the porch and heard some singing in his honour. As he turned to leave, a eunuch, hoping for some baksheesh, said, "We have felicitated you. Now what about our felicitations?" Without batting an eyelid, Shekhawat replied, "I have only been elected, I have not been paid as yet!"

Shekhawat is known for his quiet sense of humour. And he will need a lot of it when he presides as chairman of the Rajya Sabha where the ruling NDA is in a minority. Asked how he would tackle it, Shekhawat smiles and says, "I have been in the assembly and know how to deal with the Opposition." To the surprise of many, the number of votes cast in Shekhawat's favour, despite...


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