Among all the union ministers who have been asked by BJP president Amit Shah to stay on their toes for the Delhi assembly elections, Home Minister Rajnath Singh seems to be the most active. In the last three days, Singh laid the foundation stone for an elevated road, distributed cheques to victims of the ‘84 anti-Sikh riots and addressed a farmers’ gathering. Officials said there is more to come, as the Home Minister is set to review the pending infrastructure projects in Delhi.
Unlike previous years, no minister is holidaying abroad this New Year season. It is learnt that some of them had planned family holidays in foreign destinations but decided not to go, as they were not sure when they may be summoned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the past, Modi is known to have prevailed upon some ministers to cancel their plans for a holiday abroad.
The Women and Child Development Ministry has prepared an e-book on its achievements in the last six months and uploaded it on its website well before the January 1 deadline. But most of the other ministries are still struggling to complete the task. Many ministries are still not clear about what the e-book should be like. The Cabinet Secretary had earlier written to all the ministries to compile their achievements in an e-book and make it available to the public. Meanwhile, the ministries have also begun releasing their advertisements on their Twitter handles.
The RSS link
These days, the Law Ministry is crowded with people who want to be appointed as standing counsels and notaries. Many of them hint about their RSS connections to push their case. Law Ministry officials have now found an effective way of dealing with them. Whoever drops the RSS’s name is being asked to get a written recommendation.