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After exchanging couplets, Manmohan-Sushma to play badminton

25, Mar 2011 By Pagal Patrakar

New Delhi. A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj traded couplets in the parliament during a discussion on trading of MPs, both the leaders have now decided to play badminton with each other so that the citizens of India get all their answer about corruption in public life. The badminton match would be played after cricket fever is gone from the country.

“We are answerable to the citizens of India and we’d do everything to assure them that parliamentary system was working,” a rare joint statement from the government and opposition read. The statement further assured the citizens that the Prime Minister and the leader of opposition will tackle the issue of corruption on a badminton court soon.

Manmohan Singh giving thumbs-up before confidence vote in July 2008
Cash-for-votes scam has always brought out the cheerful best in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He was seen giving a ‘thumbs up’ ahead of the tainted vote in July 2008, then he recited a couplet a couple of days back, and now he is all set to play badminton over the issue.

“Right now people are busy with cricket and looking forward to the India-Pakistan semi-final,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, who read out the joint statement, said, “Also, IPL starts thereafter, therefore acting in public interest, we could schedule the badminton match at an appropriate time.”

When Faking News asked how a badminton match could answer citizens’ concerns on corruption, Mr. Bansal read out a couplet, thus completing the trilogy of couplets on the issue of corruption.

Tu bas khel dekh aur lutf uthaa, chal muskura, chal muskura,” Mr. Bansal said, which literally meant – you just witness the game and enjoy it, go ahead, start smiling – drawing huge appreciations from the mediapersons present, all of whom smiled and said “waah waah”.

Main opposition party BJP too has confirmed that it was ready for the match and saw it as an important step towards eliminating corruption from public life.

“Prime Minister’s offer to play badminton is charming,” Sushma Swaraj conceded, “I am now looking for a badminton racket. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit has offered me to give a few unused ones from the Commonwealth Games storeroom, but we would use our own.”

The news of the impending badminton match has been largely received positively by everyone, except a few cynics who thought a tennis match would have been a better choice.

“Pushing the ball in each other’s court would have solved the problem forever,” said Sameer Hindustani, a cynic.

“This is a good choice; at least people who started following me after being pissed off with Sania Mirza would finally understand the difference between tennis and badminton,” Saina Nehwal welcomed the idea, though declined to comment over its effectiveness in checking corruption.