Wednesday 26 October 2016
03 March 2014 National The Secret Diary of Congress MP

Lagdapati Rajgopal

This is my opportunity to go down in history as the Bill Gates of the pepper spray industry...
Illustration by Sorit

Ahhchooo...ahchooo...ahchooo, where is that damn hankie? This is my opportunity to go down in history as the Bill Gates of the pepper spray industry but my sneezing does not stop. The Mallus think they dominate the  pepper spray market (anything to do with pepper) but we the proud sons of  Seemandhra have taught not only them a lesson but also the entire Indian nation. To use the pepper spray in the Tirumala temple was okay, I did this without fuss. But my pioneering effort in letting the spray do the talking in the Lok Sabha really let the cat among the pigeons. When a man’s life is in danger, why shouldn’t he use the spray to save it? Yes, my life was really in danger. I was surrounded by pro-Telangana ruffians and Telugu Desam MP Venugopala Reddy who brandished something that looked like a knife rushed towards them to rescue me. I was without weapons except the pepper spray. Like the mythical Arjuna and Krishna who used weapons like the Brahmastra only during moments of grave danger, I remembered the pepper spray and let it go! It was either me or the pro-Telangana hooligans. And it saved the brave heroes of Seemandhra from annihilation by the Telangana hordes!


Under Congress rule, life is no longer safe for peace-loving citizens like me and we have to protect ourselves. Now don’t jump to conclusions and think I acted like a woman in using the spray. Ask anyone in Parliament and Andhra Pradesh, they will tell you spine-chilling stories about my heroism. Ha, even that Raj Babbar tried to beat me up. I had to tell him  this was not a filmi fight but a real one and showed him the spray. He fled! The fellow had not heard of my exploits in my home city Vijayawada where to this day mothers threaten their naughty kids with dialogues like, “Look, be quiet or we will call Lagdapati who will ‘jagda’ with you and smash you to pulp.”

It has been one adventure after another. Don’t people remember how I was under arrest yet escaped from 200 cops who guarded me while I was supposed to be using the hospital toilet! Now, I am above all this politics business. Though a Congressman, I lashed out against Sonia and her coterie. Let them understand, I am the Andhra Tiger, I am as hot as avakkai pickle. So far I have used only pepper spray, now wait for Avakkai Shower which shall play havoc with Rajya Sabha, Rashtrapati Bhavan and everything in Delhi. I can handle the AAP clowns for the Congress but they should give me a free hand on Seemandhra. Once the green light comes, I will be ready with my avakkai shower and the Telangana jokers will just fly away.

The Mumbai-based satirist is the creator of ‘Trishanku’; E-mail your secret diarist: vgangadhar70 AT

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