Satire: Lasith Malinga unwittingly drawn into

A blunder involving Lasith Malinga’s name provided fodder for jokes on social networking sites, leading to Malinga and #typogate trending on Twitter © Getty Images

After Google, it now seems to be the turn of India’s own Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to commit its share of typos and spelling errors. Adding to the BJP’s long list of gaffes was an official statement issued to the press by the party with regard to the “Porngate” scandal, involving two of their Gujarat MLAs, which read as follows: “This is nothing but the handiwork of the Congress party, which is trying to malinga us”.


The blunder provided fodder for jokes on social networking sites, leading to “Malinga” and “#typogate” trending on Twitter. The Sri Lankan pace bowler, who was surprised to find his name making headlines in the Indian media, that too in connection with a porn scandal, attempted to clear his name, saying, “The only such crime I was involved in was in Hobart – the one which Virat Kohli committed against me!”


“Forget about me learning numbers properly; it’s time the BJP learned proper English!” quipped Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.


Senior Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary remarked sarcastically: “Looks like the BJP is way too fond of their Mumbai Indians spearhead”. 


Down South, the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) patriarch M. Karunanidhi accused the BJP of favoring Sri Lankans and ignoring the sentiments of Tamils by dragging in Malinga. 


External Affairs minister SM Krishna, too, echoed his ally’s sentiments, saying – “It looks like the BJP is having nightmares about Brett Lee’s yorkers,” much to the incredulity of both his United Progressive Alliance (UPA) colleagues and members from the opposition.


BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley came to his party’s defense, saying, “Spelling mistakes can happen everywhere. It is no big deal. Google themselves misspelled wave as ‘wage’! Does that affect their stature in any way? Similarly, such minor things don’t affect our party too. Besides, the phrase they are trying to ‘malinga’ us makes complete sense. The Congress party is just like Malinga – a wild, uncouth mixture of brown and black and constantly trying to york us with weird, yet potent deliveries.”


“Wow! What a speech by BJP’s Celina Jaitley,” shot back Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, before tweeting “Oh! I’m sorry, guys! My bad! That was a typo! ” 

(Ashwin Kumar is an untrained musician, singer, writer/blogger, satirist, T Rajendar (pseudo)-fanatic, mimic, passionate about stopping female foeticide)
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