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Congress Party-Rubbing It In

was excellently stage-managed and no embarrassing questions were asked, or even allowed to be asked. The one reporter who tried to ask the Prime Minister to explain her sharp attacks on parties opposing the government's policies while she herself when out of office had maintained her right to criticise the government was peremptorily snubbed and silenced, But the press conference also had its induced moments of hilarity, which the newspapers dutifully reported the following day, with the expression 'laughter' in brackets. One such provider of 'laughter' was the question on the fate of Y B Chavan, yet wait- ins in the wings for his 'homecoming' to be completed. But it was not all levity; the Prime Minister could not really say if Chavan would be admitted to the Congress (I) before the monsoon session of Parliament, for there were norms laid down for ad- mission into the Congress (I) and, moreover, the views of the local party leaders too had to be taken into ac- count while admitting new members. Anyway, it was for the Congress (I); Working Committee to take a decision on Chavan's application, though she for one could not say when the CWC would meet.

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