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Hooda junior's Haryanvi Aloo!
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's son Deepender Hooda, who stepped in to his father's shoes at the Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency after the senior Hooda was given the reins of the state, attempted to highlight the state's commitment to retail FDI in typical Haryanvi style in the Lok Sabha last week. As always his publicity manager, a PR department employee who owed his allegiance to the Chautalas when they were in power but changed side to the Hoodas after the former were ousted, was quick to go ga ga over Deepender's observation that if need be, Haryana will produce two feet long aloos (potatoes) for Mcdonalds. The PR enthusiast detailed how Hooda junior floored everybody in the House. What the guy conveniently seemed to have missed was Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj's response to Hooda: "Son, you call yourself the son of a farmer yet you do not know the difference between a lauki and an aloo." The PR campaign hardly paid any dividends as most papers described in detail, Sushma's snub to the Rohtak MP.
KD's shattering dreams !
Local business tycoon Kanwar Deep Singh's dream to capture political space in the region, through the Trinamool Congress (TMC), is in tatters as prominent leaders, he had poached from the Congress, have deserted him one after the other. Singh began his local political flight by bringing in three media advisers of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. One of them, however, deserted the TMC within 48 hours of joining the party. Since then, the exodus has not stopped and was complete this week with two prominent desertions from party, the first of Anil Saini and then Sunder Pal, Singh's prize catch from Hooda's confidantes. Sunder Pal, who had snapped his nearly two decade association with Hooda to join the TMC, had lashed out at the Congress when he left. It was of little wonder, therefore, when he had a few things to say about Singh and his party when he finally decided to bid adieu to the TMC. Singh, who shot to national fame by securing a Trinamool Congress nomination to the Rajya Sabha, now has the tough task of rebuilding the badly demolished structure of his party in the region.