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BJP delegates go shopping at meet

A large turn out was witnessed at stalls selling healthcare products at the venue of BJP's national council meeting, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2006 22:57 IST

If senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders did brainstorming and politicking playing the Hindutva card in the main pandal the delegates in the backyard did some window shopping trying their hands on the items that promised shedding fat or checking the kidney and heart ailments.

A large turn out was witnessed at stalls selling healthcare products at the Sunder Singh Bhandari Parisar of Saraswati Shishu Mandir, the venue of BJP's national council meeting. Besides the 'Goratnna Medohari' and the Goratna Vatari Ark that promised cutting of flap and relief from arthritis and joint pains there was also a huge demand for Goratna Ark promising cure for Tuberculosis and Kidney and Heart ailments.

Other items that remained in demand included bathing soaps, aftershave lotion and the face cream etc. "We have finished stock of these items," said Govind Gupta who manned one of stalls selling the products made from cow urine.

About 80 per cent of the delegates have visited our stall and most of them have one item or the other, said Gupta adding he had done a good business at the BJP conclave.

Besides delegates those who visited stalls included the chief ministers, ministers and other senior leaders.

"This is for the first time that cow products are being sold here," said a party MLA who had come from Uttaranchal. At other such conclaves the focus had been only on selling the Hindutva literature, he said adding there has been a welcome change this time.

Significantly another stall selling CDs of late Pramod Mahajan's speeches on art of delivery of speeches evoked hardly any response from the delegates. Only some of them bothered to visit the stall despite a specific announcement made from the dais about the CDs released there. Other stalls that aroused little interest of delegates included the one depicting the species of cows and their use.

There was also focus on the cricketer turned BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and the television actress Smriti Irani. When a television channel journalist asked him whether Veerendra Sehwag should be dropped following the induction of Saurav Ganguli, Sidhu said there should be no comparison. "Sehwag is a good opener and has given match winning performances," he said.