Lucknow: Akhilesh Yadav, the young Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has several hallmarks. Probably the most unique among those is his crooked nose. This feature of Akhilesh’s appearance has not remained unnoticed and finds ample reflections in the cartoons that are based on him.
Akhilesh today gave way the secret behind his crooked nose and how he could not get it fixed anymore. He was speaking in Lucknow during the release of ‘Teepu Ka Afsana’, a book of cartoons based on the Chief Minister of India’s most populous state. For those who were unaware, ‘Teepu’ is the chief minister is nick-name.
In a rare revelation, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said that he could have gotten his crooked nose fixed only if he wouldn’t have been a married man.
According to Akhilesh, he hurt his nose during a game of football. Upon approaching the doctor, the first question he was asked was whether he was married. When he replied in the affirmative, the doctor dismissed the proposal of a surgery to mend his nose, saying it wasn’t required as he was married already.
“There isn’t much I can do about my nose. It is bent because playing football is my hobby. Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) said get it fixed and took me to the doctor. Doctor asked me if I was married. When I said yes, the doctor said then there is no need (jaane do),” Akhilesh Yadav said.
The book, through cartoons, also touches upon the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal among other contentious law and order issues. Instead of taking offence as some of his contemporaries, Akhilesh said that he wants his follies to be pointed out and supported such initiatives.
Besides the context of the book, its release by the hands of the CM comes amid a scenario where cartoons have ruffled more feathers than the thoughts they have managed to provoke. A cartoonist who had dared to poke fun at West Bengal’s CM Mamata Banerjee landed up in jail. Cartoons by French satirical Charlie Hebdo invited the wrath of the ISIS.
On the contrary, the UP CM wants more publications of books with cartoons based on him.