CONGRESS PRESIDENT Sonia Gandhi on Monday had a sudden meeting with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. The meeting raised eyebrows, especially since Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too had a 75-minute meeting with the Speaker just before the start of the Budget Session. However, it later turned out that Sonia wanted to discuss a national conference of women legislators that the Speaker is organising in the first week of March. Sonia has already accepted the Speaker’s invitation to speak at the conference, which is set to be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee and is likely to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Rohith Vemula’s family members met Trinamool Congress MPs Derek O’Brien and Protima Mondal at the former’s residence on Monday. Both had visited the Hyderabad University campus after the research scholar’s suicide. Rohith’s family members thanked them for the visit and also appealed for a suitable job for his brother.
Food For Thought
After presebting the general budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley offered a sumptuous meal to officials and party leaders in his room in Parliament House. The Rajasthani meal included besan ke gatte ki sabzi, kadhi, papad ki sabzi, sangri ki sabzi and a good spread of desserts including kulfi with fruits. Initially, Jaitley’s family members, who were seated in the Speaker’s Gallery while he was making the budget speech, were also present in the room. Journalists who went to seek comments from the finance minister were also offered lunch in his room.