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Trial In Camera

The Tehelka tapes flood the countryside as part of poll rhetoric

Trial In Camera
Ajay Manral
Trial In Camera
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Oscar went further in fleshing out the strategy: "Where we are in the Opposition, the matter should be raised in the assemblies through agitation and where we are in government, resolutions could be passed in the assemblies." With the approval coming from the very top, the vast Congress machinery has swung into action. In Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Digvijay Singh has placed a preliminary order of 500 tapes which will be taken to the interiors to show the perfidy of the bjp-led Union government, while in Rajasthan his counterpart Ashok Gehlot has asked middle-level party workers to plan a similar move.

Party sources say leaders at all levels have been given talking points and an edited copy of the Tehelka tape, highlighting the Bangaru Laxman and the Jaya Jaitly episodes, and the conversation about Ranjan Bhattacharya and Brajesh Mishra. Approximately 10,000 such tapes have been distributed throughout the country and these have been used at the block, district and state levels, including local cable channels. Says Congress spokesman S. Jaipal Reddy: "The campaign is on. We've held rallies at all state headquarters." That apart, the reluctance of certain nda members to go the whole hog in support of their principal ally, the bjp, is, in Reddy's opinion, also a boost for the Congress. Says he: "Chandrababu Naidu stayed away from the rally at Hyderabad last Wednesday so the PM had to cancel his visit. Similarly, Hegde did not attend the Bangalore rally. This embarrassment helps us."

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