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Punjab's political vocabulary is a virtual street-fight

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Name-calling in its subtle and not-so-subtle forms is a well-known Punjabi trait, but political leaders in are setting a new trend -- taking the political vocabulary against their opponents to a new low.

"Sukha Gapodi", "Bunti & Babli", "Mental case," "Baloongra", "Khotta Sikka" and "Madaari" are a few examples of the lingo being used by Punjab's politicians against one another.

Punjab's for Tourism, Culture and Local Government Navjot Singh Sidhu, who virtually leads the name-calling brigade, gets into a no-holds barred blabber when referring to and former Deputy Chief Sukhbir Singh

"Sukha Gapodi", "Gapodi of the Century" (super gossi and gossiper of the century) and other such names are doled out for by Sidhu, a cricketer-turned-TV star-turned politician, almost on a daily basis. Sidhu is certainly not doing justice to the office he holds.

There is no love lost between the two leaders.

pays back in equal measure, often referring to Sidhu as a "mental case', "pagal banda' (mad-man) and even a "madaari", or street performer.

Badal's and Bikram Singh Majithia, who is the younger brother of Union Food Processing Harsimrat Badal, too has joined the name-calling game.

Last week, Majithia called Finance Minister (Sukhbir's estranged first cousin) and Sidhu as "Bunti & Babli" -- a reference to the Bollywood film starring and where they play a con couple.

Majithia also called another minister, Charanjit Singh Channi, a "khotta sikka" (counterfeit coin).

Majithia himself is mostly at the receiving end from Sidhu and leaders of the (AAP) and the

and are facing a defamation case filed by Majithia in after they labelled him a "drug-lord" in the run-up to the Punjab assembly polls last February.

often refers to Sukhbir Badal as a "baloongra" (kitten).

Amarinder has been linked to the ruthless Mughal ruler,

In the run-up to the assembly polls also, words like "dusht" (wicked), "kuttanga" (thrash him), "lootere" (robbers), "topiwalas" (a reference to AAP cadres) and "meesana" (crooked or cunning person) were openly used by the political leaders against one another.

Amarinder, who unsuccessfully contested against then from the latter's traditional assembly constituency of in district, had vowed to give a thrashing to "dusht" Badal, who is over 90 years old.

"Baabe nunh vich kuttanga," (I will thrash the old man in Lambi) Amarinder used to say, amid thunderous applause from the crowd at his political gatherings.

Amarinder, 76, during his speeches openly used words like "lootere" for the Badal family and "jhootha" (liar), "topiwala" and "meesana" for Kejriwal.

Before the 2012 assembly elections, Amarinder had openly warned rebel candidates that there would be a "qattal-e-aam" (carnage) against them if they did not withdraw from the fray against the official candidates.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 12:54 IST