Maharaja walks, PR machinery talks

Attention-seeking slammed

Various SAD leaders faced flak from an enterprising anchor during a recent party meeting for workers in Moga. In a desperate attempt to get noticed by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, the leaders began sending chits, with their names on it, to the anchor on stage for them to be read out. With the deputy chief minister arriving three hours late, however, the anchor was flooded with the 'name chits' of SAD leaders, who had come from all parts of state. Having had enough, the anchor then made an announcement: "I request all leaders who have arrived to stop sending their name slips on stage. It is a meeting not a conference where every name will be announced on stage. It is our internal meeting to allot duties for the Moga bypoll and it is good if you have made it but we cannot announce every name on stage. Thank You." It certainly had the desired effect as the 'name slips' vanished.

Playing it safe

Unlike his persona in the commentary box, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu prefers to play it safe when it comes to answering controversial questions. This was on full display during a recent meeting of Amritsar International Airport advisory committee as he ducked media queries on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi being projected as the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Parliamentary polls. "From where has Narendra Modi come to the Airport," Sidhu said. TV journalists, however, were hopeful of his byte and hence decided to chase him. As the mikes were again brought in front of him, Sidhu listened to the same query with rapt attention, but responded with "any other question".

All for nothing

Organisers at the All India Motor Transport Congress in Amritsar had a tough time keeping hungry souls at bay. With participants growing increasingly impatient for lunch to be declared open, organisers and hotel staff made it clear that it would only be done after Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal arrived. The task was made even more difficult as Sukhbir was late for the function. The deputy chief minister, however, landed up, delivered a lecture and left the venue without even looking at the lunch section. A number of participants were seen taking a jibe at the development that kept them away from lunch for hours together. No wonder, it was a near stampede for lunch the moment Sukhbir left.

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