Former CRPF DG K Vijay Kumar who was appointed special security advisor, Naxal affairs, by the UPA government, has moved base to Chennai. Kumar, whose term expires in December-end, reportedly made a request to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and expressed his desire to demit office. Kumar was reportedly asked by Singh to continue till the end of his tenure and was given an option to operate from Chennai, his hometown.
Change of guard
The transition to the new leadership in BJP seems to be complete and it was visible at the party headquarters Monday. A banner with Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s smiling face superimposed on the picture of a crowd has adorned the stage in the auditorium for years. On Monday, another poster, of almost the same size, with pictures of PM Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, was put in front of it, eclipsing Vajpayee’s face. The new banner has the slogan (saath aaye, desh banaye) and the message (Sashakt Bhajpa, Sashakt Bharat) coined for its membership drive. Party general secretary J P Nadda said the new poster was kept only for the campaign for membership drive.
The West Bengal government might be at odds with Centre on almost every issue but on Monday, its representative at the meeting of National Ganga River Basin Authority extended the courtesy of accompanying Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati for a press conference. He sat by Bharati’s side as the minister claimed that all the five states through which the Ganga flows had extended full support to the Centre’s initiatives on cleaning the Ganga river. Though representatives from other four states also attended the meeting, none of them were present at the press conference. Incidentally, none of the five states — Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal — are governed by parties friendly to the BJP.
Late to enter the social media space, the CPM seems to be trying to make up for the lost time. The CPM, which was once strongly opposed to introduction of computers arguing it would result in loss of jobs, is running campaigns on Facebook in an attempt to reach out to Young India. For a party which has perfected the art of street campaigns, this is unique. After having faced a string of electoral losses, the party’s assessment was that it had lost out in the race for the young voters. The latest campaign on Facebook, focusing on the volte-face made by the Narendra Modi government is titled “ab ki baar, U turn ki sarkar”. The CPM’s official Twitter handle has also posted the campaign link.