Best of the Bengal Tiger
Minority Front leader Amichand Rajbansi has left a memorable mark on South African politics. Here are some of his most memorable quotes.
* Rajbansi’s most memorable quote must be when he was asked about his future after the James Commission found him unfit to hold office:
“Well, I will double-cross that bridge when I get there.”
*l Before the May 18 elections this year:
“There might be a day when I have to make way to let youngsters lead the MF. This might be my last election campaign as the leader of the MF.
“When the next election comes around I will be 75.
“Your only trump card is the MF. I am advancing my 70th birthday to May 18 and (ask voters to) give me my greatest birthday present.”
* On Schabir Shaik’s health problems:
“May I suggest that he try pomegranate, which is available in a whole fruit form, as a juice or in a capsule form.”
* Of his ex-wife Asha Devi’s move to the IFP following the MF’s coalition with the ANC:
“Now the IFP and the ANC each have a Rajbansi and they don’t need to fight.”
* On election campaigning:
“Every day I met my fieldworkers I gave them bunny chows and I briefed them. I said we win the poster battle and we win the election war.”
* On local government politics:
“The mother of all battles will be the battle for the Indian mind.”
* A radio ditty Rajbansi composed:
Don’t cry for our beloved country, South Africa because the Bengal Tiger is here; The Minority Front is the eye of the Tiger; With blood sweat and tears, we shall overcome; Because the Tiger is here, Do not fear.
* Rajbansi on himself:
“I can walk the streets tall as I went back to Parliament on my own steam, (and) not by riding piggy-back on another party like others have done. I did it twice.
“A tiger never changes its spots.” - Pretoria News
never liked the guy he became only more corrupt with time glad hes gone from politics best moment he gave me was at codesa talks some awb guy gave him a big klap funniest thing ever he just shut up and sat down after that
Call him what you like, double-crosser, liar, whatever. I liked him, he was fearless and never a dividing rabble rouser. He was a South African and gave his all for the Indian Community. RIP Bengal Tiger.
warrick sony, wrote
"Solidarity must get out of its napkins and stop behaving like a football team"
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