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The Forked Tongue Brigade

Congressmen manage to develop doublespeak into a fine art

The Forked Tongue Brigade
The Forked Tongue Brigade
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What is the average Congress leader’s take on party president Sonia Gandhi? Off the record, he is vociferous and ready to dislodge her/quit the party/go into political sanyas. But on record, he is sugar and maple syrup-a classic flatterer who believes that Sonia is the only answer the party has. Here are some samplings of off-the-record bravado.

  • "There’s no escaping the fact that Sonia Gandhi has lost all grip over the party. Things are bad," confides a senior CWC member.
  • "If the confusion over the party’s position on all important issues persists, our rank and file will desert us," adds a heavyweight from MP.
  • A prominent dissident adds: "What Jairam Ramesh, secretary of the party’s economic wing, says is true. There is a crisis of confidence."
  • "Sonia is a loser. The morale of the party is an all-time low," exclaims a Congress MP.
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