With West Bengal being the next destination for the BJP after J&K, party chief Amit Shah is leaving no stone unturned to capture the minds of people in the state. Shah has been taking Bengali lessons. Shah may try his linguistic skills on November 30 when the party organises a grand public rally in Kolkata. If he is confident enough, he might quote Kazi Nazrul Islam or Rabindranath Tagore or Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in his speech.
That she takes keen interest in cricket is well-known but West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is all set to hit a half-century of her own in January. The prolific Trinamool supremo who already has 46 published books in her name will cross the 50 mark when four more of her works, including one on Urdu shayari, are released during the Kolkata Book Fair in January.
A senior BJP leader, unhappy with getting just an MoS rank in the recent reshuffle, called up one of his friends in the RSS to complain. The RSS leader apparently told him that he should have been firm and refused the ministership if it was not at least MoS with independent charge. He said the minister could have been better off with his position in the party. However, the minister is learnt to have lamented that he was not sure whether he would have been able to continue in his party position if he “dared to reject” an offer from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
South Block is eager to engage with Bangladesh’s newly appointed High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali, who is expected to arrive this week to take charge of his new assignment. Ali, who has served as foreign secretary of Bangladesh, has an interesting past which endears him to the Indian establishment. Having joined the Pakistan Foreign Service in 1968, he was one of the diplomats to declare his allegiance to the Bangladesh government-in-exile in 1971, under Sheikh Mujib-ur Rehman, while being posted in Washington DC. In fact, as a young officer with barely three years of experience under his belt, he went on to set up the Bangladesh mission in Washington DC. No surprise, New Delhi will be waiting to engage with the new envoy from Dhaka.