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Laloo goes shopping in Islamabad

August 10, 2003 21:37 IST
Last Updated: August 10, 2003 21:46 IST

Talking about Indo-Pak ties and cultures of the two countries, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Laloo Prasad Yadav hogged the limelight as he and some other members of visiting Indian Parliamentary delegation went out to explore the markets of Islamabad on Sunday.

People from all age groups, particularly children, vied with each other to have a glimpse of the Indian leaders as Yadav charmed the crowds with his inimitable style.

Doing a little bit of shopping, the leader from Bihar was even presented some gifts by shopkeepers.

"We have all heard about you," said a cloth merchant while he gifted a piece of Pakistani fabric to Yadav.

"If it is a gift, I shall take it. Do you have a coloured one," Yadav asked in his typical style as a group of locals watched.

"The cloth is from Faislabad," said the shopkeeper. "I will accept it. Give it fast," replied Yadav. 

Roaming in the markets, Yadav said he did not find much difference between the Pakistani and Indian cities.

Asked what difference he found between Bihar and here, he said, "I find them the same. It does not feel like we are in a foreign country."

Referring to Indo-Pak relations, he said, "If there is bitterness, steps are being taken to reduce it. Relations can be improved through talks, love, realization and thought. I am hopeful our problems will be solved."

When asked what message he would take back to the people of Bihar, Yadav replied, "I will see everything here and tell them about it when I return."

Laloo was 'very pleased' to learn that he was very popular among the people.

The shopkeeper said he hoped the visit would bring the two countries closer but felt Laloo was 'late in coming' here. "I have not come alone. I have brought an entire team with me," Laloo quipped in reply.

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