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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.

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