BJP general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Bhupender Yadav might just hold a record for heading the most number of select committees. Yadav, who was appointed to head the Select Committee on the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill 2016, has earlier headed the Select Committees on the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Second Amendment) Bill (GST), the Repealing and Amending Bill as well as the Joint Select Committee on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Bill. BJP leaders say it could be his efficiency in getting reports ready on time which makes the government give him the responsibility.
Shaking The Seating
In order to make party MPs more comfortable with the Prime Minister and the party chief, the BJP recently made a major change in the seating arrangement at the parliamentary party meeting. While earlier, the PM, party chief Amit Shah and a senior minister or senior leader L K Advani used to be seated on the dais for the meeting, everyone has now started sitting in the audience. Only the leader who addresses the audience uses the podium. This is to give everyone the feeling that they are all equal in Parliament, says a party source. The MPs also say it is a better arrangement as some of them are still scared to sit facing the Prime Minister.
The Indian High Commission in Islamabad had a surprise visitor recently. Bollywood actor Raza Murad, who recently acted in Bajirao Mastani, was visiting Pakistan with his family and decided to stop by the Indian mission. The Indian High Commissioner, Gautam Bambawale, received him in his office and the High Commission staffers were thrilled to see him. Many people also clicked selfies with the actor.