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Not Your Meal Ticket


When Rahul Gandhi visited Telangana last week to take stock of the Congress’s preparatio­ns for the assembly poll due next year, the party state unit left nothing to chance in its hospitalit­y to the Gandhi scion. A sumptuous meal of Hyderabadi biryani was followed by Irani chai. It did little, though, to soften up Rahul. He asked local Congress leaders to be pro-active on the ground instead of rushing to Delhi, begging for tickets. He also twice advised them not to raise their grievances in the media and asked them to speak out in party forums. Violations will not be tolerated, he warned. The strong tea sure did its job.

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