Master of wit Venkaiah (Political Prattle)November 8th, 2008 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) You can trust M. Venkaiah Naidu of BJP for his instant witty comments.During the launch of L.K. Advani’s website in Delhi Saturday, the photographers refused to move out of the view of the screen, where a presentation of the portal was on.
While all cries failed to make them sit, Naidu quipped: “Khade hone ka itna shauk hai to hume baad mein miliye (If you are so interested in standing [read contesting the elections], meet me after the event).”
The room burst into laughter and the sheepish photographers cleared the way.
Dance and music steal the show
Even though it was BJP’s chief ministerial candidate V.K. Malhotra, who drew the maximum crowd at the returning officer’s office while filing nomination papers from the Greater Kailash constituency, it was an unknown opponent who stole the show.
Neelam Saxena, 42, of Samajwadi Party also filed her nominations papers for the same constituency just after Malhotra.
She may have been a lesser-known leader but her supporters who were with ‘dholwallas (drummers)’ hogged the limelight.
For nearly half an hour, while she was completing the formalities, her supporters kept on dancing giving a visual treat to news channels present on the occasion.
Eyebrows rose when Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav made a surprise entry at the launch of Advani’s web portal at the BJP headquarters.
He triggered a round of whispers with his entry into the hall where the programme had already started.
While he was given a seat on the dais, he was not invited to speak.
His entry had special significance, especially in the wake of events of last two days, when JD-U MPs from Bihar resigned from the Lok Sabha without consulting the BJP, its partner in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
The BJP’s central parliamentary board had met late Friday to chalk out a strategy on the issue.