29 September, 2020

Mallya's Plane Tales

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Mallya's Plane Tales
It could well be the easiest political query to answer these days: who is the most feted new face in the Rajya Sabha? Vijay Mallya, obviously. No other MP has had as many parties thrown in his honour as the Bangalore-based liquor baron. The highlight of the session, of course, was the one hosted by Rajya Sabha MP Praful Patel. Besides the usual Page 3 faces, the guest list included the chamber of industrialists: the low-profile Uday Kotak, the high-profile Anil Ambani, BPL’s Rajeev Chandrashekhar wearing his trademark blue shirt-black trousers, and Videocon’s V.N. Dhoot. Also present were the First Family, i.e. the PM’s foster family; the Second Family, i.e. L.K. Advani’s daughter Pratibha, and the Third Family, i.e. Murli Manohar Joshi’s daughter Nivedita.

Such is Mallya’s popularity that when Congressman R.K. Anand hosted a dinner for the newly-elected Congress MPs, he said the party was also for Mallya! Good friends such as Parmeshwar Godrej specially flew into town. More’s coming. Invitations are out for former minister Saleem Sherwani’s bash for Mallya....



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