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Decline of Press Conferences

It had seemed a sure bet that the Prime Minister woul d not hold her Press conference this year, if only to avoid embarrassing questions on a possible snap Lok Sabha poll, the Verghese affair and perhaps even the licence scandal. 

BAFFLIN G her aides, the Prime Min ister skipped her visual turn-of-the year Press conference this time. As if by way of compensation, Ne w Delhi' s Press corps, lost i n the great film festiva l ticket chase, met Gin a Lollobrigida — and got good copy too. The Prime Minister too gave the visiting actress-photographer longer time than expected and got photographed by her to everybody's delight. So it was not as if the Prime Minister could not spare 'some 45 minutes for the customary Press conference. But towards the end of December, it had seemed a sure bet that the Prime Minister woul d not hold her Press conference this year, if only to avoid embarrassing questions on a possible snap Lok Sabha poll, the Verghese affair and perhaps even the licence scandal.

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