The wife was saying this morning â€śIf you join the Congress-I, like Mr. Sharad Pawar, you will also be made chief minister of Maharashtra.â€ť
â€śEverybody does not become a chief minister by joining the congress-I or aligning with it, only Mr. Sharad Pawar and Dr. Farooq Abdullah do,â€ť I said.
The wife said: â€śHow do you know if you do not try? If Mr. Pawar had sat at home and done nothing, he would not be becoming the chief minister on January 1. It is because he continuously kept hinting that he would join the Congress-I if he was made chief minister and Mr. Shankarrao Chavan was thrown out that he is finally going to be chief minister.â€ť
â€śMr. Pawar did not hint, he openly said so. If I was not a gentleman. I would say he sold himself and his party for the dubious honour of being the chief minister of Maharashtra. If Mr. Bal Thackeray had offered him the same, he would have joined the Shiv Sena.â€ť
The wife said: â€śIt is just like you to run down a person who has done well for himself and for Maharashtra. Just think of the energy and effort that must have gone into his becoming chief minister again.â€ť
â€śIn any case, I donâ€™t have that kind of energy,â€ť I said. â€śI would rather be out of it all like Mr. Murli Deora and let all the Chavans and Pawars and Ramrao Adiks fight it out.â€ť
â€śDonâ€™t associate Mr. Deoraâ€™s name with yours,â€ť the wife said. â€śHe has much more energy and ambition in him than you will ever have. Otherwise his photographs will not come with Rajiv Gandhiâ€™s every time Mr. Gandhi is in Bombay.
â€śAnybody can have his pictures with Mr. Gnadhi.â€ť I said. â€śMr. Mani Shankar Aiyar has his with Mr. Gandhi in every TV frame, though what notes he is making, I have never made out.â€ť
â€śWe are not talking about pictures, we are talking about your becoming the chief minister,â€ť the wife said â€śIf you cannot learn from Mr. Pawarâ€™s example, since you seem to be having some sort of prejudice against him, at least learn from Dr. Farooq Abdullahâ€™s example. He has also become chief minister.â€ť
â€śI have no prejudice against Mr. Pawar whatsoever and you should not go about saying such things. After all, if he does become chief minister tomorrow I do not want to strat off by being in his bad books,â€ť I said. â€śIt is just that I donâ€™t want to be a chief minister, at least I cannot go through all this business of meeting Mr. Gandhi and telling him that I will join him if he would make me a chief minister.â€ť
â€śIf not for yourself, at least you can do it for your family and for Maharashtra,â€ť the wife said.
â€śVery well, I will try and get an appointment with Mr. Gandhi,â€ť I said. â€śBut there is one problem. When I meet him and tell him I wish to join his party, he will ask me from which party I want to join his. Then what do I tell him!â€ť