The harbinger of Acchey Din

May 03 2015

A 50-day break abroad, Vipassana, a stay with maternal uncle Walter Vinci, political advice from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh…. There has to be some reason behind Rahul Gandhi’s new avatar. What he now says have a new context and a new-found gravitas. So when Rahul Gandhi says it’s Acchey Din for a particular industrialist from Gujarat, there is a wider meaning to it. Sources reveal that whenever the Prime Minister goes on a trip abroad, this industrialist already has a room booked in the hotel the Prime Minister stays in – the booking is done by the PMO. Be it Paris’ Hotel Plaza Atheneé, Berlin’s Hotel Adlon, New York’s New York Palace, or the hotels in Sydney or Tokyo, this industrialist has stayed in the same hotel at the Prime Minister. As if that wasn’t enough, he was also seen at all state dinners organised in honour of the Prime Minister. What happened at Paris’ Hotel Plaza Atheneé was unique; although the Prime Minister’s visit to France was one of the busiest, the Prime Minister spent no less than two-and-a-half hours with this industrialist. He had dinner with him, shared his thoughts with the industrialist. Sources also say that during the time the Prime Minister was with the industrialist for two-and-a-half hours and having dinner with him, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, and India’s ambassador in France were seen in the hotel’s lobby, waiting for their turn to meet him. A similar scenario occurred during the Prime Minister’s stay in New York. Dear readers, are these sounds in the political corridors that of Acchey Din? Is Arun Shourie’s recent irritation connected to these incidents?

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