Kozhikode: "Doesn't he have any work?" questioned a senior police officer on Wednesday. Hardly a remark that might get one into trouble. Except that the "he" referred to Rahul Gandhi, and the officer asked his question on the wireless.
Gandhi, who was touring Kerala, returned to his guesthouse at 8.30 pm after his appointments in Kozhikode. The policemen accompanying him assumed their VIP duty was over and were headed home. They were asked to return to work after Gandhi decided to explore the city and dine at a local restaurant. And so Assistant Commissioner Pradeep Kumar asked, in Malayalam, "Where do we find the VIP now and doesn't he have any better work?"
Well, an inquiry has now been ordered against him by the state's intelligence officials.
At a press conference earlier in the day, the NDTV reporter in Kerala asked Rahul Gandhi about his penchant for visiting non-VIP homes and restaurants. Gandhi quipped, "Nobody likes it when I visit them." Gandhi is famous for his sleepovers at Dalit houses, a habit that does not go down well with Mayawati, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.