How political tourists enjoy Raj hospitality

Overwhelmed by the efforts put in by his hosts to make his stay comfortable during his visit to Rajasthan in the 70s, late Jyoti Basu had remarked, “Hospitality of Rajasthani people has no parallel.”

Basu had made the comment in different context, but his words seemed to have caught the fancy of many leaders from other states. They came here as ‘political tourists’, contested elections and went on to win without much difficulty against their local rivals.

In last three decades, politicians from not just neighbouring Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, but from places as far as Mumbai and Andhra Pradesh have come here to try their luck in Assembly, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, elections. But, barring a few, others never returned to their home state.

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