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BJP?s lone ranger savours his win

PTI | BySaurabh Sinha/Amitabh Shukla, New Delhi
May 14, 2004 07:23 PM IST

The only place where the lotus did not wilt was at VK Malhotra's Dr. B D Marg residence. As soon as news of his win came in, his family turned ecstatic and drumbeaters tried to whip up a frenzy.

The only place where the lotus did not wilt was at V.K. Malhotra's Dr. B.D. Marg residence. As soon as news of his win came in, his family turned ecstatic and drumbeaters tried to whip up a frenzy.

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"About 70 to 80 relatives and friends are here and we will celebrate by either going to a movie together or eating out," Malhotra’s daughter Anupama said.

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However, the drubbing the party got in Delhi and the rest of the country  took the joy out of this solitary win. When Malhotra reached home, he was welcomed with the usual burst of crackers, garlands and laddoos. But he asked his supporters to keep the celebration low key.

Malhotra had other things on mind. "We'll meet to analyse the election result," he said.

Malhotra took the lead as soon as counting began. Congress supporters left the centre at about 10.30 am when they realised the lead was to stay. In the end, he won by 16,005 votes. His rival R.K. Anand did not go to the centre, leaving the task to his poll managers. Motivation guru Shiv Khera, who contested as an independent, managed to secure only 4,832 votes.

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