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   If you are going to a cocktail party this evening... (October 26, 1990)

If you are going to a cocktail party this evening and want to sound intelligent and well up on current political affairs, I suggest you memorise the following lines and throw them about during the conversation:

There is no way out but a mid-term poll.

V.P. Singh is within his constitutional rights to wanto to prove his governmentís majority within the houses.

I must say Devi Lalís behaviour has been exemplary in the current crisis. I never expected it from him.

No party is ready for an election.

What is there to say now! Letís wait till November 7.

At last, Chandra Shekharís dream of becoming a prime minister will be fulfilled. Even if he is prime minister for a few months.

Shall I get you another sherry?

I understand that the Congress is prepared to support a National Front government without V.P. Singh.

The great toppling game has started, ha, ha.

My husband has all the time been saying that a government which depends on its existence on the support both from the right and the left cannot last. (This remark may be used only by women members at the cocktail party).

The trouble with out politicians is that they are concerned with non-issues, when there are so may more urgent matters to be tackled, like Kashmir, Punjab, unemployment. Yes, eveb Eastern India. Why not Eastern India!

I donít believe anything I read in the newspapers.

Arun Shourie has gone mad.

You call Girilal Jain and M.J. Akbar journalists!

Waiter, may I have a little ice in my whicky, please.

I am more concered with what is going to happen on October 30 than November 7.

No, Rajiv Gandhi si not interested in forming a government o. he would rather give the present government a still longer rope and then pull the carpet from under its feet.

You know, women are good at ehse things. My wife has always maintained that V.P. Singh has shifty eyes and he does not look people in the face. (This remark may only be used by male members of the cocktail party).

Whatever gave you that idea. Ajit Singh has as much chance of being prime minister as Arun Nehru.

It is at times like these that the country needs a strong President, not your Venkataraman.

I happen to know that right at this moment Devi Lal is having talks with the BJP.

Finally, V.P. Singh is doing what all politicians do - horse-trading.

Well, all right, one for the road. But thatís the last one, definitely.

 
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