Cricketer Atul Wassan’s comparison of Amit Shah with MS Dhoni sums up sorry state of Indian democracy


The Supreme Court on Friday directed the BJP to conduct a floor test inside the Karnataka assembly to prove its majority. The Congress, which had taken its MLAs to Hyderabad for the fear of poaching by the BJP made arrangements for them to return to Bengaluru for today’s floor test, scheduled for 4 PM.

The Congress has been alleging that the BJP was resorting to illegal means to secure the support of its MLAs. On Friday, the party released a sensational audio of mining baron Janardhana Reddy offering crores of rupees and a ministerial berth to a Congress MLA in exchange of his support to the BJP during the floor test.

The BJP has been boasting on national TV channels that it had Amit Shah as the party’s president, implying that he was capable of securing numbers by hook or by crook. This ironically, has been said with a tinge of pride, even though the action indicated was essentially illegal and in violation of the basic principles of democracy.

Former cricketer Atul Wassan took to Twitter on Friday to express his opinion on Shah’s capabilities. He wrote, “Giving 15 days to Amit shah for getting 7 MLA’s is like asking Dhoni to score 7 runs in 15 overs .”

He was reacting to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala giving 15 days to BS Yeddryurappa to prove his majority even though his party got only 104 seats, 8 short of majority. The Congress and the JDS, even though they fought elections separately, have come together after the results to form an alliance and have 116 MLAs between them.

Wassan’s tweet about Shah’s ability to secure the support of MLAs at any cost summed up the sorry state of the Indian democracy where money and muscle power and not the will of people assumed significance. His tweet elicited positive reactions from fans. One wrote, “But dhoni doesn’t hijack those from opposition party by bribing.” “And then duckworth-lewis strikes and now Msd needs 7 runs in 5 balls,” another fan wrote. Another commented, “Now against Dhoni like situation exactly 1 day and need to manage 6.”

Not so long ago, actor Uday Chopra had caused social media stir with his tweets in Karnataka elections and the ‘RSS’ governor’s biased role in inviting Yeddyurappa to form the government even though he lacked the numbers. Uday was widely hailed for his sharp political acumen.

It seems these days non-politicians are displaying more sense on political matters than those who’ve chosen politics as their profession.