Political jamboree

February 12 2013

A strange incident occurred on February 6 at the Bamrauli Airport in Allahabad, which is holding the Mahakumbh. Around three-thirty in the afternoon, a big group of BJP leaders was present at the airport. All of them were carrying garlands made of flowers and chanting for BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi was gathering steam. Joshi’s Indian Airlines flight was just about to land, when the group of party people and leaders were told that the BJP president had taken a dip in the holy waters and was on his way to the airport to board the special chartered plane back to Delhi. The minute they heard this, there was a flurry of activity among the group and they all ran outside, chanting slogans and threw the garlands on Rajnath’s car. Any local leader who managed to get close enough to garland him considered himself lucky. Amid all this activity, Joshi’s flight also landed and when he reached the gate, one a handful of people were there to greet him. Both Joshi and Rajnath met briefly and then Rajnath went on to board his flight. The BJP group then rushed to Joshi but they no longer had garlands. But Rajnath’s car was still there and covered with, what else, garlands. The party supporters and leaders made a grab for them and greeted Joshi with them. Poor Joshi had to make do with second-hand garlands.

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