There’s usually a big gap between what politicians say and what they really mean.
Said: If my words have caused offence, I offer my regrets.
Meant: I said something really crass and I meant every word
Said: It was off the record
Meant: Me and my big mouth
Said: My statement has been taken out of context
Meant: Damn these smartphones
Said: My heart beats for India
Meant: Can I help it if I have a large family?
Said: We will set up a committee to look into it.
Meant: The truth will stay buried forever.
Said: My driver was at the wheel, I was fast asleep.
Meant: How did I miss that red light?
Said: Our aim is to lift every Indian out of poverty
Meant: How do you think I got where I am?
Said: The safety of women is our prime concern
Meant: Why do they have to go out at night?
Said: Everything is fine, the party is united, we are all working together.
Meant: Damn these dissidents, why does everyone want to be the boss?