Maya in mellow avatar
March 12, 2012
Softened by defeat
Uttar Pradesh's Iron Lady does, after all, have a softer side to her.
Just two days before the declaration of the Assembly election results
in Uttar Pradesh which swept her Bahujan Samaj Party out of power, Ms
Mayawati invited all the bureaucrats in her secretariat for tea.
Over tea and savouries, she thanked them for helping her run the state
smoothly for five years and appreciated how they had worked beyond
office hours and had carried out her instructions. For each one, she
had a word of praise or appreciation. Even the junior staff,
comprising clerks and peons, was called in and thanked for their
services. The gesture, we believe, has touched the staff greatly.
"Wish we had known this side of Ms Mayawati earlier and wish she had
shown this side to the people of the state too, then, perhaps, the
results would have been different," said one of the officers present
after the Assembly election results came in. Leopards can't change
their spots, but elephants, as we know, never forget.
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