This election campaign, largely bereft of issues, is turning into a series of shoot first, mumble later episodes. Here are some positions taken by leaders and then renounced or modified.
L K Advani: We will renegotiate the nuclear deal.
We cannot disregard an international agreement.
Manmohan Singh: The Left is always on the wrong side of history.
I have high regard for leaders of the Left parties.
Sharad Pawar: A Maharashtrian should get a chance to be Prime Minister.
I don't have the numbers.
Karunanidhi: Prabhakaran is a good friend.
One cannot forget that the LTTE was behind Rajiv Gandhi's assassination.
Pranab Mukherjee: Lalu will find it difficult to even become a minister because he is with nobody.
Lalu is part of the UPA, my broken Hindi created the confusion.
Varun Gandhi: I will cut off their hands.
Non-violence is my religion.