Hooda, sources said, waited for over three hours at the AICC headquarters on Tuesday to have an audience with central election authority officials, Madhusudan Mistry and Mullappally Ramachandran, to get some of his loyalists included in the PCC.
Adityanath is likely to travel to Kutch, Surat and Vapi later this week to participate in the ongoing Gujarat Gaurav Yatra of the BJP state unit in the run-up to the Assembly elections.
The party’s central election authority had planned to complete the process by October 31 but it is yet to draw up the poll schedule. The head of the election authority, Mullappally Ramachandran, met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday and discussed the issue.
Anandiben, who had to make way for party chief Amit Shah’s choice Vijay Rupani, is being given a prominent place with an eye on the Patidars, a section of which has been disgruntled with the BJP.
With Adityanath still absent, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat — the last speaker — was asked to deliver his speech. Just as he was winding up, Adityanath walked in, prompting Bhagwat to say, “I was asked to speak until Adityanath arrived… now that he is here, I will finish.”
Close on the heels of Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s visit to the Himalayan state, US acting ambassador MaryKay Loss Carlson is also visiting Thimphu.
Javadekar’s silence over questions on BHU Vice-Chancellor G C Tripathi, in order to guard a secret was out by evening, when varsity sources revealed that Tripathi has proceeded on indefinite leave.
Sources said that since Tripathi was not interested in putting up his CV, the CVs of the Visitor and Chancellor were removed. When The Indian Express filed an RTI query for a copy of the order to pull down the information, BHU responded with “information not available”.
BJP MP from Godda (Jharkhand) Nishikant Dubey has publicly objected to Choubey’s remarks that it was due to the latter’s efforts as Bihar health minister that an AIIMS would be in place in Deoghar (in Godda Lok Sabha constituency).
The BJP’s IT cell head, Amit Malviya, who came into the limelight after defending Narendra Modi over the Twitter handles he follows, was busy with something else throughout last week.
While no official order has been issued yet, the grapevine has it that he may be called back to take up an assignment — like on the previous occasion, when he had to return from the airport to take over as Home Secretary.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who has been at loggerheads with state Congress chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, has told MLAs that he will neither contest nor lead the party in the coming Assembly elections.
Singh has already launched a web portal, Bharat Ke Veer, to contribute for welfare of the families of soldiers who made sacrifice on the line of duty. Walking the talk, Singh donated Rs 1.59 lakh, a month’s salary, to Bharat Ke Veer initiative.
Incidentally, the medical college and hospital at Gorakhpur does not come under his direct administrative control.
Rajnath Singh was conducting review meetings at his residence after his plaster was taken off, but stayed away from office and Parliament. While he reviewed the ministry’s day-to-day work himself, his deputies, MoS Kiren Rijiju and Hansraj Ahir, took charge when Parliament was in progress.