With Tripura Congress heavyweight Sudip Roy Barman joining the TMC along with several legislators and leaders, many in state Congress believe it may lead to a reverse exodus from Mamata Banerjee’s party in the state. State leaders argue that many top Congress leaders, including the state TMC chief, had left the Congress, apparently due to differences with the Barman family and its domination. While Barman junior was Leader of Opposition, his father Samir Barman is a former CM. The Congress is said to be planning to woo many of them back.
Set To Start Afresh
With the Rajya Sabha getting 57 new MPs by monsoon session, the composition of most committees will undergo a change. The Select Committee on Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013, would probably be the most affected. Nine of its 23 members, including its chairman Anil Madhav Dave, have retired. Although some of the other members — K N Balagopal, Navaneethakrishnan A, Praful Patel, Satish Chandra Mishra, K C Tyagi, Avinash Pande, Chandan Mitra, Sanjay Raut, among others — are expected to return to the Upper House, they are unlikely to find themselves in the same panel.
An attempt by BJP’s Kerala unit to hit the headlines by taking up development of Sabarimala seems to have fizzled out. After meeting central ministers, a delegation led by state BJP president Kummanam Rajasekharan announced that Sabarimala would be declared a National Pilgrim Centre. When pointed out that the Centre no longer has a scheme to give such status to any pilgrim centre, he said the Centre will make Sabarimala a global destination. Asked on Wednesday what that means, Rajasekharan said all that the Centre had agreed to was relaxation in environmental norms for some infrastructure works.