Mamata In Demand
Rajya Sabha MP from Trinamool Congress Derek O’Brien recently addressed students of public policy and public affairs at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The 90-minute interaction saw discussions on several subjects, including Singur, GST and federal polity in India. The students put in a request for a keynote address by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a forthcoming event next year but were told that the schedule did not fit with Banerjee’s proposed US tour in the second half of the year.
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Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave was supposed to travel to Australia this week for an official engagement, but that visit has been suspended for the time being. Dave, instead, landed in Imphal on Monday, apparently for some political work assigned to him by the party. This is the second time this month that Dave has travelled to Manipur. Not that he is complaining — Dave was very impressed with the state when he was there the last time, and had said that he would love to return soon.
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There is a new claimant for a Congress ticket in Punjab. BIS Chahal, former media adviser to Capt Amarinder Singh, is trying to use his influence to secure the party’s mandate for his son, whose appointment as Deputy Superintendent of Police by the Punjab government then headed by Amarinder had been set aside by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. It is learnt that Chahal has already been making the rounds of senior Congress leaders’ houses to plead his son’s case.