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Many a slip of the tongue

KORBA (CHHATTISGARH), APRIL 16. It was a slip of the tongue, not once but many times, by the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, today.

Addressing an election meeting here, the Prime Minister asked the people to vote for the BJP in the two Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh, but immediately corrected himself and said that the State had 11 seats.

While introducing his niece and BJP candidate from the Janjgir Lok Sabha constituency, he said the people should vote for Karuna Vajpayee.

When told that she was Karuna Shukla and not Karuna Vajpayee as she was called before her marriage, the Prime Minister said ``I am sorry.''

Mr. Vajpayee said Ms. Shukla was indeed a good worker. ``See, I have forgotton her name.'' He appealed to the people to elect her to the ``Rajya Sabha'' and quickly corrected himself and said that the April 20 elections were for the Lok Sabha.

At one point of time, Mr. Vajpayee referred to the Janjgir constituency as ``Jehangir,'' but it went unnoticed. — PTI

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