`Mela` is circus, not party: Aiyar

Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar Tuesday said it was not the party but the "mela" at its headquarters that he had described as a "circus" and hoped that it has not lost its capacity to laugh at itself.

Updated: Jul 26, 2011, 12:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress MP Mani Shankar
Aiyar Tuesday said it was not the party but the "mela" at its
headquarters that he had described as a "circus" and hoped
that it has not lost its capacity to laugh at itself.

"It was not the party but the mela at 24, Akbar Road
(Congress headquarters) that I had described as a circus," he
said referring to reports in this regard on a speech he made
at a book release function.

As for party leader Satyvrat Chaturvedi`s "pertinent
question", he said, "I am neither the joker or the trapeze
artiste at the circus but the caged lion."

He said former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi used to
laugh uproariously at these jokes and expressed hole that he
"trusts the Congress has not lost its capacity to laugh at
itself".

At the function, he had said, "those who have got
their work done visit 10, Janpath (Congress President Sonia
Gandhi`s residence), while those with some hope of getting
their work done visit 23 (Congress chief`s Political Secretary
Ahmed Patel`s residence), Willingdon Crescent,"

"Those who have lost all the hope and are dejected
come to 24, Akbar Road," he had said.

"Such people who have lost hope come here with the
belief that meeting up people who have a table and a chair (a
party post) would help them, but little do they know that of
the 10 people sitting inside five are trying to reach some
higher post themselves while five others are in a downward
spiral," he said.

"Sometimes people taste success, sometimes they fail.
This is kind of a fair (mela) and every Congressman has to
join this circus," Aiyar said.

PTI