The BJP is all set for mega celebrations on the occasion of reelection of Amit Shah as the party chief on Sunday. After Shah files nomination papers around 11 am, and scrutiny is done before 1.30 pm, the announcement is likely to be made in early afternoon. Leaders, including Union ministers, chief ministers and office-bearers and party workers from various parts of the country, will be present at the BJP headquarters to greet Shah. There will be sweets, fire-crackers and drums to create a festive atmosphere. The only person missing will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be in Chandigarh to receive French President Francois Hollande.
In Race for RS
With all seven Rajya Sabha seats from Punjab scheduled to fall vacant in the next six months, lobbying has begun among aspirants from the Congress, which has the numbers to retain all three seats it holds. While Ambika Soni is certain to get another term, there is demand from a section of Punjab leaders to nominate former law minister Kapil Sibal to the seat held at present by former chief election commissioner and sports minister M S Gill. The fate of another former law minister, Ashwani Kumar, who resigned over his attempt to rewrite
the CBI report in coal scam and whose term ends in April, remains unclear.
President Pranab Mukherjee has approved the superannuation of Ashok Prasad, Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry, with effect from January 31. Prasad also continues to be frontrunner for the post of CEO of National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), an additional charge he holds at present, as both serving and retired officials are eligible for the post. A 1979 batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, Prasad is likely to be compensated with the job after he lost the race to become the IB chief to his junior, Dineshwar Sharma. He was earlier posted as Special Director in the IB.