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`An Indian tradition'

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, OCT. 1. The gala 61st birthday celebrations of the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B.S. Yediyurappa, held at the Bangalore Palace grounds here today, remains unparalleled in the annals of the State unit of the BJP. No leader of the party has had such a massive celebration and the amount spent is said to run into crores of rupees.

Such grandiose functions have mainly been associated with the Congress. The BJP is now afflicted with the "Congress culture," though the State BJP President, H.N. Ananth Kumar, defends it by saying that "celebration on such a scale is an Indian tradition."

Thousands of people turned up from various parts of the State for the celebrations and Mr. Ananth Kumar considers "jana alankara" the greatest gift for a person.

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