S S Ahluwalia is enjoying his new nickname — Google Uncle. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ahluwalia once said, called him Google Guru because of his knowledge of rulebooks and procedures. His friends and supporters in Chandigarh and his constituency have already put up banners, naming him Google Uncle. The new MoS for Parliamentary Affairs can’t stop talking about how surprised he was when a supporter called to tell him about the hoarding. He had to ask the supporter to send a photo to believe it.
IT IS rare for a party to issue a whip to its MPs to remain present in Parliament when a Private Member Bill is taken up. The Congress has issued a whip to its Rajya Sabha MPs to remain present on Friday when a Bill moved by K V P Ramachandra Rao will come up. Discussion is almost over and the Bill could be put to vote. Rao and many Congress MPs have been reaching out to other parties, seeking support to ensure its passage. Rarely has a Private Member Bill sailed through in Parliament. Rao’s Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 for granting financial package and special status to Andhra Pradesh for 10 years and setting up of an Andhra Pradesh-Telangana Council.
Feedback From MPs
WITH AN apparent aim to gather greater feedback about the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned towards his party’s Parliamentarians. He has asked senior ministers to hold extensive discussions with groups of BJP MPs over lunch or dinner so that the MPs speak frankly and honestly. And the ministers have to give the correct feedback to the Prime Minister — both for and against the government.
NAJMA HEPTULLAH, who recently resigned from the Cabinet amid reports that she was over 75, was seen spending time playing a video game in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. While the Upper House discussed important issues and the question hour was underway, Heptullah — who was sitting in the second row — was playing Candy Crush on her cellphone.
ASSAM CHIEF Minister Sarbanand Sonowal may not appoint a new Chief Secretary in place of V K Pipersenia as of now. Appointed by the Tarun Gogoi government, Pipersenia will retire in August 2017. After he came to power, sources said, Sonowal wanted to replace Pipersenia and discussed with the Centre three probables — 1979-batch officer Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Higher Education Secretary in the HRD; 1981-batch officer Rajiv Yadav, Sports Secretary; and 1982-batch officer Jay Priye Prakash, Pharmaceutical Secretary. Later, the state government developed cold feet and Pipersenia now seems on a solid land.