26 November, 2020

Sweet Saffron

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Tribhuvan Tiwari
Sweet Saffron
"The high command of the Congress has become a low command and in future there will be no command."
—BJP president Venkaiah Naidu on the Congress rout in three states

The mood at the BJP's national HQ in Delhi was electric. As news of the saffron surge in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh came in, the smiles on the faces of the faithful were infectious. It was a time for hugging and eating laddoos. December 4 will also be remembered as the day when both Holi and Diwali were celebrated at the party's Ashoka Road head office. Crackers were burst, workers and leaders smeared gulal on each other's faces as loudspeakers blasted songs about the blooming of the lotus (the BJP symbol).

A few miles away, the telephone was ringing non-stop at the residence of Pramod Mahajan, the BJP general secretary who was overall in-charge of the poll campaign and is particularly being credited with pulling off a minor miracle in Rajasthan. As soon as Mahajan returned from the PM's residence, defence minister George Fernandes called, congratulating him in Marathi....


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