While there is a clamour in the Congress to abandon the so-called ‘democratisation experiments’ initiated by Rahul Gandhi to hold internal elections in the Youth Congress and the NSUI, the party vice-president and his close aides are said to have grown adamant. As a senior Congress leader broached the subject to a Rahul aide last week, pat came the reply: “Why to blame Rahul’s experiment for the fault of the party. It (electoral drubbing) is all the more reason now to continue it.” Rahul has, remained silent leaving Youth Congress office-bearers wondering about his plans.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The Lok Sabha Speaker is in a dilemma! She has to make a choice between a four-course meal or a single-shot traditional Indian “thali” for her official guests. “The four-course meal served here takes an hour, but at Rashtrapati Bhavan, they offer a thali,” she exclaimed while conversing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after an all-party floor leaders’ meeting at the Parliament House Library. “That is completely Bharatiye,” Modi said in response. She has obviously got the message, but what about her foreign guests? Let us see, it is going to be a four-course affair or a thali with a wholesome Indian meal? May be, she gets a cue from the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
With another Parliament session about to start, the Railways is expecting to get flooded with ticket-reservation requests from VVIPs, especially MPs. It is planning to formally communicate to MPs certain do’s and don’ts. One of these is to send requests in official letterheads with original signatures of the MPs and not of their private secretaries. Another is to avoid sending requests at the eleventh hour. In the past, cases of scanned signatures of MPs or forged letterheads had been detected. Some MPs are in the habit of sending scores of requests per week and, therefore, a polite advice to evaluate reservation requests on the basis of need and emergency will also be mentioned.
JUMPING THE GUN
How many volunteers it may get to Iraq to protect of Shia shrines is an open question but Delhi-based Shia organisation Anjuman-e-Haideri has floated tenders inviting expressions of interest from travel agencies to ship one lakh people to the strife-torn country between August and November. Interested firm have been asked to get in touch with the Anjuman office at the Dargah Shah-e-Mardan at Jorbagh.
Realising that the social media played a vital role in its crushing defeat, the Congress is now aping the BJP when it comes to using Twitter handles. Ever since it lost the elections, the party has been hyperactive on Twitter. The ‘achche din’ hashtag was an obvious one to slam the government for every unpopular decision. The Congress’s Twitter handle also runs a “theindiatheyinherited” hashtag to lay claim on every positive development. For instance, it posted photographs of the Katra-Udhampur railway line project a day before it was inaugurated by the PM under the hashtag. Similarly, it used the hashtag extensively during the ISRO’s PSLV launch.