Cho wants Modi as PM, AIADMK to win LS polls
Cho Ramaswamy addresses Thuglak readers at Music Academy. —DC
Chennai: The Music Academy was packed and even the foyers and the car park outside were filled with audience on Monday evening. No, it was not an extended Margazhi Carnatic performance. There was Cho addressing his readers, arrived from all over Tamil Nadu and other states too, for his Thuglak's 43rd anniversary.
On the political scene Cho gave top marks to Jayalalithaa for doing her best to tide over a bad situation on the power front. "The people of the state should vote for the AIADMK front in the Lok Sabha elections so she will be a powerful constituent in the next government at Delhi. Voting for DMK will only help one family which should be avoided at all cost," Cho remarked.
In his inimitable style mixing satire with serious political counsel, Cho asked L.K. Advani to declare Modi as the BJP's PM candidate "to stop further confusion among party cadres and voters". He had a tip for Indian cricket captain Dhoni—to take a leaf out of finance minister P. Chidambaram's book when India lost a match next time.
Referring to the minister's observation that the Congress had won in Gujarat since Narendra Modi had got two seats less than the previous election, Cho said Dhoni too could offer a similar excuse. "Next time India loses, Dhoni can actually claim it to be victory since Pakistan scored fewer runs compared to their previous match," Cho remarked.
Cho blamed Chidambaram's recent "pearls of wisdom" to his "sahvasa dhosham" (the bad company) with DMK president Karunanidhi who Cho observed was the master of weird explanations. "Karunanidhi recently explained that whenever he sighed deeply (perumoochu) it came out as TESO. So every time Kalaignar gasps, TESO will die instantly," Cho quipped.
When he appeared on stage with a funny looking fur cap and tight fitting jacket, Cho had his readers slightly flummoxed by his new attire. But it turned out to be typical Cho prank on the audience. "This is meant to get the sympathy votes as most of my readers and well-wishers believed that I was so ill that I may not be able to address this meeting today. Now that I have got the sympathy votes from all of you I can get back to my original style," Cho quipped as he removed the cap and the jacket amidst cheers and laughter.
Cho, who was in hospital for a fortnight last year due to lung infection, narrated how his colleagues recommended a support system to overcome the after effects of the illness. One journalist said he had got him a walking stick from Gujarat. "Another reporter suggested that I address this meeting sitting down. Even Karunanidhi does it, the reporter had said helpfully. Am I as old as Kalaignar?" Cho asked the audience, shaking with laughter.