Nobody but nobody wanted to miss the final 20-20 World Cup India-vs-Pakistan cricket tie on Monday. So what if an important press conference by state-owned MTNL was scheduled that very afternoon, at 4 pm, and that too, with the communications minister A Raja in attendance Painstaking punctuality, MTNLs media invitees figured, would win the day. So, nursing the fond hope that the conference would be over well before the match started at 5.30 pm, almost everybody turned up well before the stroke of four. But before long, it was 5 pm, with no sign yet of any MTNL executive or Cabinet minister. As the seconds ticked on and long, journalists began wandering off in search of TV sets. The few loyalists who did stay back, though, didnt have much to report. The scoop that stops the presses, as they say, is never in the obvious place. This time, it was somewhere between mid and deep fine leg.
Caught sight of Mayawatis nose, lately Eavesdropper hears that it is getting higher and higher in the air with each passing whisper of her Prime Ministership chances. She recently refused to attend a Planning Commission meet in New Delhi on UPs annual Plan size, preferring to send the state governments chief secretary on herbehalf. Mayawati is busy these days, and has said that she would speak to none less than the Planning Commissions chairman, the Prime Minister himself. Even the deputy chairman, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, would not do, though he was not there for the meeting either. He was away on a visit to the US.