If Sharad Yadav wanted to hide his age, he was not very successful. During a discussion in the Upper House, Yadav was talking about 1971 and said he was in “Matric” at that time. K C Tyagi of JD(U) immediately interrupted him. “Arrey Sharad ji, you had completed your engineering by then,” he said. Anand Sharma of the Congress gave further corroboration. “Sharadji, you try to remember. You must have completed your graduation by then. You are talking about 1971. I had reached college then. And you are older than me,” he said. Yadav sheepishly agreed. “Yes, you are right,” he said.
M Venkaiah Naidu has had a bitter-sweet argument with Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad over the opposition’s efforts to refer the key bills to the parliamentary panels, a move alleged by BJP as a delaying tactics. Azad has argued that the NDA was bringing the same bills moved by the UPA but turned all of them into a “khichdi”. Naidu advised him that khichdi was good for health, but Azad retorted that the NDA has put lot of “salt and chillies” in it. The minister countered him saying his government has not tried to put “poison” into it. While Naidu was narrating this argument to journalists in his room in the evening, there was a call on his office phone and it was Azad. “He will live for 100 years,” Naidu quipped.
Rahul Gandhi has been reluctant to join social media, particularly Twitter. Apparently, people close to him were apprehensive of trolling. In signs of change, his office opened a Twitter account on Tuesday night. Ever since his return from nearly two-month sabbatical, Rahul himself looks a changed man. While @OfficeOfRG has not tweeted yet, it has managed to draw nearly 4,600 followers. Among the followers include couple of Congress leaders like AICC secretary Suraj Hegde, Priyanka Chaturvedi, NSUI president Roji John and Tamil Nadu Congress chief E V K S Elangovan. Those close to Rahul say he is also thinking about joining Twitter. For the time being, his office plans to tweet his activities and speeches.
Taking A Dig
Participating in the discussion on the Juvenile Justice Bill, 2014, in the Lok Sabha, Congress leader and former minister Shashi Tharoor jumped at an opportunity to take a dig at former army chief General (retd.) V K Singh, who is now a minister. As he raised the point about how determination of age to know if a child is actually 16 is difficult since often parents claim the child is older to enable school admissions, Tharoor quickly added that one could ask Singh and he would explain how that works. Tharoor was referring to Singh’s bitter feud with the UPA government when the former army chief had dragged the government to court claiming that he was born in 1951 as against 1950 as maintained by the Defence Ministry.