Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be known for making many foreign trips, but the Cabinet member who has travelled the most is Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. During an interaction with another jet-setting MoS at the latter’s residence recently, Rijiju said that he has covered 154 countries since 1986. Now it is just a matter of time before he visits all 193 countries of the world, the fellow minister added.
Shift In Control
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is among the Union ministers who believes in prompt outreach. He keeps the media updated not only on news from his ministry but also about his movements —- even if it is just about moving from one house to another. So, when he invited journalists for Eid this time, Naqvi’s personal messages also mentioned his new address. Apparently, his office had already sent an intimation that Naqvi had shifted from his Pandara Road residence to Safdarjung Road. The office even sent his new residence phone numbers.
Crossing The Red Line
FORMER JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s recent dig at CPM veteran Prakash Karat has not gone down well with the CPI leadership. It has ruffled some feathers in the CPM as well. CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy is learnt to have told Kanhaiya, who belongs to the party’s student wing AISF, that he should not have used such language for a senior Communist leader. Without taking Karat’s name, Kanhaiya had recently said at an event that a veteran comrade who had suggested that the Narendra Modi government was not fascist but authoritarian should retire and move to New York. On Monday, Kanhaiya had a chance encounter with CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury at a function. Yechury took Kanhaiya aside for a brief chat, although it’s not clear what transpired between the two.