Days after mending fences with Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy seems to be slowly resuming his old role in the party. On Thursday evening, Roy met Jama Masjid’s Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari for about 30 minutes, pitching the good work done by the Trinamool government for Muslims in West Bengal and inviting the Imam to the state. Obviously, with Assembly polls approaching and much resting on the state’s 27 per cent Muslim population, the party wants to leave no stone unturned.
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Bhai ‘Holds Court’
Salman Khan’s popularity as a Bollywood superstar was palpable in the Supreme Court on Friday during the hearing against his acquittal in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The courtroom was full of lawyers and their clerks, eagerly waiting for a word from the judges on the outcome. While many women lawyers were heard whispering that Salman should be let off, one woman lawyer was unhappy because she is part of the team that has pressed for conviction of the actor. “This is not fair. Now I have to appear against my favourite actor,” the lawyer quipped while leaving the courtroom.
New Page Of Politics
A long-cherished desire was fulfilled for Amit Shah on Friday when he inaugurated a national library at the party headquarters. The 3,000 square-foot building with nearly 2,000 digital books will be open to all BJP workers. The party has introduced smartcards to let workers enter the building after swiping-in, although only Shah and BJP general secretary Arun Singh have got the cards as of now – they will be distributed to everyone soon. The happiest lot is the the party spokespersons, who can make full use of the books to prepare for heated debates.
Speculation is rife in the Home Ministry that former Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal, who resigned just six days after being appointed adviser to Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa, was miffed that the fellow officer appointed along with him was six years his junior. Dadwal, a 1974-batch IPS officer, and retired IAS officer G S Patnaik, who is from the 1980 batch, were appointed advisers to the Governor after President’s Rule was imposed in the state. Dadwal initially applied for leave due to health reasons, which was granted by the Governor. He apparently changed his mind on arrival in Delhi and sent his resignation letter to the Home Ministry, which was accepted on Tuesday. The government appointed another 1980-batch IPS , former SSB chief B D Sharma, to replace Dadwal.
Still In A Spot
Hyderabad Central University Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao Podile, who has been on indefinite leave since January 24, was spotted in the corridors of Shastri Bhawan on Friday evening. While he had come to meet Secretary (higher education) V S Oberoi, a fly on the wall tells us that Rao also tried to meet HRD Minister Smriti Irani, but she wasn’t in office at the time. Although it’s not clear what transpired between him and the government officials, Rao’s dejection was quite evident from the way he spoke with journalists. Asked about his chances in rejoining as the vice-chancellor, he didn’t reply.