Newly appointed Rajasthan minister Rajendra Singh Gudha has courted controversy after his remarks comparing the state’s roads to actor Katrina Kaif’s cheeks went viral.
In a video that is being widely shared online, the Congress MLA is seen interacting with people in Udaipurwati, his assembly constituency. While airing their grievances to Gudha, some villagers demand that the roads in the area be repaired.
At this, the minister turns to the chief engineer of the Public Works Department present at the meeting, and says in jest, “In my constituency, the roads should be made like Katrina Kaif’s cheeks.”
This earns titters and applause from the crowd, at which Gudha repeats the remark, to more approbation from his constituents.
Politicians comparing their ideal roads to actresses’ cheeks is nothing new. Back in 2005, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav had kicked off a brouhaha when he had promised to make Bihar’s roads as smooth as Hema Malini’s cheeks.
Madhya Pradesh law minister PC Sharma brought back the analogy in 2019 when he said the state’s pothole-ridden roads would soon be made “pretty” like the ‘Dream Girl’ star’s cheeks.