Last month, Manpreet Badal, estranged nephew of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, merged his People’s Party of Punjab with the Congress. While the state Congress leadership and the high command are happy, Youth Congress president Amrinder Singh Raja Brar is worried. In the 2012 assembly elections, Brar had defeated Manpreet to win the Gidderbaha seat — a Badal family stronghold. Now, with Manpreet joining hands with the Congress, Brar is said to be worried about whether he will have to look for another seat.
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi’s radical suggestion of mandatory sex determination tests took the health ministry by surprise. So much so that a senior official who was travelling was taken aback by a call from a prominent radiologist, asking how the government had finally seen sense. It was a compliment the official wasn’t prepared for.
Rahul Gandhi visited the Hyderabad Central University twice, and on his second visit, he even joined a midnight march and a mass hunger strike. According to sources, the Congress vice-president is now planning to visit Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district, where three girl students of a medical college committed suicide last month. The girls had accused the college administration of charging excess fees and torture, and blamed the college chairman for their deaths. With assembly elections due in Tamil Nadu, Rahul’s plan to visit Kallakurichi village to meet the parents of the girls is bound to trigger a political slugfest.
Earlier, The MHA posted the names of all recommendations for Padma Awards, along with names of nominees and nominators. But since last year, it has not been doing so. Even under RTI, the MHA has recently refused to divulge details of nominators and nominations, saying the details would be put up on the website when ready.