Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel took a playful yet defiant stance in response to criticism from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over a photograph that captured him engrossed in the popular mobile game ‘Candy Crush’ during a party meeting. The witty exchange occurred on social media and drew attention to the political banter between the two parties.
Baghel, known for his candid and unapologetic demeanor, defended his actions in a tweet: “[They] got a photo from before a meeting yesterday in which I’m playing Candy Crush. Now BJP has objection on that.”
He went on to quip, “In fact, they have an objection to my existence. But it is the people of Chhattisgarh who decide who will stay and who will not.”
Baghel further lightened the mood, saying, “I will ride the cart and play gilli danda. Candy Crush is also my favorite. I have passed a considerable number of levels, and that will continue as well.”
He concluded, “Rest Chhattisgarh knows whom to bless,” and shared the viral picture of him playing ‘Candy Crush’.
The exchange didn’t stop there. Dr. Raman Singh, former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader, responded humorously to Baghel’s tweet, playfully criticizing him for his government’s performance.
Singh stated, “Bhupesh ji, you have been ‘playing’ with Chhattisgarh for the last five years. Sometime land scam game, sometime coal scam game, sometime sand scam game, sometime liquor scam game. Now that the code of conduct is in place, you can’t play scam games, so you are playing Candy Crush. Amazing, in 5 years you are at level 4400 of Candy Crush, and your government is at level 420. Well don’t worry, after November 17 you will have to do this full time.”
Baghel responded with his characteristic humor, saying, “How cute dr sahab! Kaise kar lete hein aap ye sab? Koi tonic wagarah lete hein kya? ‘With Family and Extended Family’ 15 saal tak ‘Kamishankhori ka Commonwealth’ khelne wale ab aisi baatein karenge? Don’t worry! I am crushing only candies, but the public is going to crush Kamishankhors again.”
The lighthearted exchange showcases the unique and spirited nature of Indian politics, where wit and humor are often used to engage with rivals on social media platforms.