Rahul Gandhi’s much talked about plan to restructure the party and introduce organisational elections from top to bottom, including the Congress Working Committee, seems to have gone off the rails because of the Lok Sabha election outcome. One gets to hear that he has been telling veteran leaders that the restructuring process will have to wait and may not happen this year. Months before the elections, the Congress had made public Rahul’s plan to introduce organisational elections to elect its leadership from “top to bottom”. The first priority now is to lift the morale of the rank and file and sources said Rahul is not keen to tinker with the organisational systems now.
Sticking to convention
Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan appear all set to be inundated with bouquets of flowers in coming days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to all his ministers highlighting that convention demands that ministers make a courtesy call to the presiding officers of both the Houses of Parliament. Upon receiving this communications, offices of most ministers have begun seeking appointments with both the dignitaries.
Following the Cabinet Secretary’s missive listing out 11 commandments for ministries, including cleaning up the clutter from offices, there were hectic activities in Shastri Bhawan. Women and Child Development Ministry cleared some 1,800 files during the weekend and cleared 1,350 kg of waste and unwanted paper under the supervision of the secretary and joint secretaries. I&B Additional Secretary J S Mathur took a tour of PIB on Monday to see if there is any excess furniture lying around.
As the Met department released forecast of a bleak monsoon this year, MoS, Science and Technology and Earth Science, Jitendra Singh found some good news to share. He said this year the IMD would be releasing rapid forecasts for pilgrims to the Amarnath shrine with a forecast every six hours to aid the pilgrims in their journey. Another first will be a joint Indo-US exercise in the Indian Ocean on June 14 to understand monsoon better.
Missing the bus
He went all the way from Assam to Andhra Pradesh to attend Chandrababu Naidu’s swearing in on Sunday, but AUDF chief Maulana Badruddin Ajmal could not reach the venue as the bus carrying him and many other VIPs were stranded in traffic. Ajmal perhaps wanted to reach out to the BJP through Naidu, an NDA constituent. Ajmal, who took a TDP-arranged special chartered flight which flew in the dignitaries from Delhi to Vijayawada, was confined to the bus for about three hours before returning to Delhi. It was not just Ajmal, the sole representative of the Prafulla Kumar Mahata’s AGP too could not reach the venue to attend the swearing-in.