Sidelined after the Lok Sabha poll debacle and having decided against fighting any upcoming Assembly elections, Arvind Kejriwal has turned to his time-tested formula of recorded phone messages to regain lost ground. Kejriwal in his message accused BJP of stalling fresh polls because of its “fear of defeat”. He also asked people to assemble at Jantar Mantar Sunday to press for polls and a stable government in Delhi.
Union minister Uma Bharti shares a distinct bond with senior OBC leaders across party-lines. Therefore, when SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, speaking out of turn, made the point during question hour in the Lok Sabha about flood waters from Nepal causing havoc in Assam, Bharti tried answering him. However, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told her she could only respond to queries from members whose names she called. But the moment BJP member Kamakhya Prasad Tasa finished his query, Bharti said she was aware of the concerns expressed by “Mulayam Singhji, who is a very senior member”.
Former Union minister Kapil Sibal’s official residence — 19, Teen Murti Marg bungalow — seems to have become a coveted residence for NDA ministers. Earlier this month, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was allotted the bungalow. However, it seems other cabinet ministers are also eyeing the corner bungalow with three entrances and two lawns. HRD Minister Smriti Irani visited the bungalow on Thursday evening to take a look.