While we are all happy that Mr. Rajiv Gandhi has written a personal letter to Mr. Murli Deora praising him for the excellent manner in which he organised the recent Congress centenary celebrations in the city, nobody knows the exact contents of the letter. Mr. Deora himself, being a modest person, will not reveal the contents.
However, I have managed to have a look at the letter and copy down its contents. For the benefit of Mr. Deora's many well-wishers, I reproduce it here:
My best regards to you and Hemaji. Sorry for the delay in writing this letter, but as you very well know, I have been a little tied up, what with the Punjab-Haryana matter and working out new accords with Pakistan and new appointments in the party and removal of some deadwood from the cabinet.
Though I already mentioned to you at the time of our departure from Santa Cruz airport how pleased we were with the arrangements you had for us and the excellent organisation of the whole affair, I thought I should put it in writing.
Unfortunately, I could not visit the racecourse, which you had, persuaded the RWITC to lend us, but I understand from some of the 50,000 delegates who stayed there in great comfort that they had a nice time eating bananas from trucks and bathing in fresh ari. I also understand that each delegate was provided with his own private toilet seat.
However, at the Brabourne Stadium, I personally saw how well you had publicised the session, because of the rush to get in. even the police could not regulate the enthusiastic crowds and a lot of people told me that they had bought passes for Rs. 10. Bravo.
I was also impressed with the catering arrangements you had made. Packed food is a 21st century idea and not many Indians are familiar with it. By serving packed purbhajis and wada-chutneys, you have introduced the rank and file in our party to this modern concept.
You may have got the impression that I was angry with you when the microphones did not work, at the session and at the public meeting at Azad Maidan. Please excuse me, the annoyance was not with you, but with the ghatia microphones. Also, the chief minister has completely absolved you of any fault by investigating and finding out that some saboteur had finding out that some saboteur had cut the wires so that the people may not hear me.
And a big thank you for the way you decorated Bombay with my pictures. Indeed, I have never before seen so many pictures of mine, not even on Doordarshan.
I would like to show my appreciation for what you have done in Bombay by doing something more than just writing a thank you letter. I do not wish to raise any false hopes in you, but there are some vacancies in my cabinet and who knows what tomorrow holds. With best regards,