This leader certainly has the knack of attracting the attention of press photographers. It was earlier partaking of idli with chicken on Gandhi Jayanti day that landed him in major negative publicity blitzkrieg forcing him to abstain from non-vegetarian food for a year.

And when this senior Communist leader went on a visit to old city, he could not resist having a go at a ‘hookah’. Smoking a ‘hookah’ may not be a taboo, but the senior leader known to be a non-smoker but having a ‘drag’ was certainly interesting for videographers and photographers. Result, he had stirred a storm in a tea cup, yet again.

K. SRINIVAS REDDY