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Political leaders' fiery speech has nothing to do with their meals as its spice free

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, may represent opposing ideologies, but both have one thing in common. Both eat food without much spice and salt.

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Dec 05, 2018, 11.45 AM IST
Ashok Gehlot
(This story originally appeared in on Dec 05, 2018)
JAIPUR: There may be much masala in their speeches and campaign rallies, but political leaders in the state keep their meals free from spices and opt for healthy food to keep them energized on the campaign trail.

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, may represent opposing ideologies, but both have one thing in common. Both eat food without much spice and salt. With little or no time to exercise, do yoga or meditation, these leaders, and other candidates like PCC chief Sachin Pilot get their energy boost from juices and nuts, along with five-hour sleep. While Raje keeps her energy levels high with boiled vegetables and juices, leaders like Gehlot prefer mildly-cooked and lesser spicy curries. Pilot on the other hand, has no diet restrictions as he eats whatever comes his way.

TOI on Saturday spoke to people close to the leaders, including Raje, Gehlot, Pilot, Kirori Lal Meena and Gulab Chand Kataria to know their routines and to find out what keeps them energetic even as they cut down on their sleeping hours.

“On a normal day, she would spend time doing her yoga, mediation and puja, and will have her breakfast at her house before leaving. She prefers boiled vegetables and ghee-less chapati and various juices like karela juice. Many a times, she takes her lunch on board. She avoids food containing much sugar and oil,” says Mahendra Bhardwaj, press adviser to the CM. Raje continues her interaction and telephonic conversations with senior party leaders till 11.00 pm to midnight, and starts her day at 6.00 am.

Ashok Gehlot, who hails from Marwar which is known for its spicy curries, prefers spice-less curry and chapati and occasional raita and curd is always welcome. “Usually, he walks for 5 km everyday even if he is in Jaipur, Jodhpur or New Delhi. But these days, there is no time to walk. He prefers curries with lesser spice and salt, and preferably home-made. Most importantly, he prefers to take his breakfast, lunch and dinner on time. Occasionally, he gets his blood pressure checked wherever he is for campaigning,” said Lokesh Sharma, who handles social networking platforms of Gehlot.

Relatively younger, PCC chief Sachin Pilot eats everything that comes his way. “ He prefers a healthy breakfast to start the day. Thereafter, he can have anything varying from paranthas to sandwiches, and from curd to juices. He barely gets to sleep for four hours a day. If he is lucky, he gets to sleep for more hours. He starts his day at 7.00am and calls it a day largely by 12.00 am,” says his close aide.

However, leader of eastern Rajasthan, Dr Kirori Lal Meena has no specifications or major restrictions for his food. “He eats his breakfast at home and has lunch wherever a villager or any party worker offers him. Since he is diabetic, he avoids tea with sugar. He wakes up at 3.00am and remains active throughout the day with the help of fruits, juices and eats dinner at his Mahuwa-situated home,” said a close aide of Meena.

Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria gets his blood pressure checked every day like former UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal. “A tiffin from home is sent along with him. These days, he is very specific and gets his blood pressure checked every day,” said a close associate of Kataria.
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