First time BJP MPs were especially tense. One gent, considered a ministerial probable, pleaded with hacks not to mention his name as a probable. “Don’t say I am a favourite…they won’t like it”. Old timers were less scared. One veteran of TV shouting matches who’s also an ex-minister was delighted he figured in speculations. Another chortled that a presumed rival was getting fewer media mentions than he was. An ex-babu requested hacks not to put out special features on him; babus are always careful. An usually accessible, down-toearth, well-regarded policy expert said it’s best not to meet for chats for a while.