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Is the PM slipping?
April 16, 2004 21:32 IST
Last Updated: April 28, 2004 21:03 IST
It was one slip of tongue too many when Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee addressed an election meeting in Korba, Chhattisgarh.
The first occurred when he asked the people to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the two Lok Sabha seats in the state, but immediately corrected himself and said the state had 11 seats.
While introducing his niece and BJP candidate from Janjgir Lok Sabha constituency Karuna Shukla, he said people should vote for Karuna Vajpayee. He apologized when the error was pointed out to him.
Vajpayee said Shukla was indeed a good worker. "See I have forgotten her name," he said and promptly went on to appeal to the people to elect her to the 'Rajya Sabha'.
However, aides came to his rescue and reminded him that the April 20 polls were for the Lok Sabha and not Rajya Sabha.
At one point of time, Vajpayee referred to the Janjgir constituency as 'Jehangir' but it went unnoticed.