STING WARY

Visitors at CBI Director Ranjit Sinha’s office have to undergo a new drill, thanks to Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi.

Published: January 11, 2014 12:45 am

STING WARY

Visitors at CBI Director Ranjit Sinha’s office have to undergo a new drill, thanks to Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi. Visitors are required to deposit their mobile phones before entering Sinha’s chamber. Following Delhi government’s announcement setting up an anti-graft helpline to teach citizens about sting operations, many civil servants are no more inclined to have any electronic device, including mobile phones or any other gadget, inside their office.

MATTER OF CHOICE

While Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi wants party general secretaries to quit the posts if they intend to contest Lok Sabha elections, his choice of chairpersons of the screening committees has come as a surprise to many. Several of the chairpersons, including P C Chacko, Jitendra Singh and V Narayanasamy, will be contesting the polls. The question being asked in Congress circles is if Rahul does not think that party general secretaries can do justice to their jobs if they contest elections, how will the screening committee chairpersons do justice to their assignment? This has lent credence to the speculation that the policy for general secretaries and senior AICC functionaries is meant only to “get rid of” some of the veterans who do not fit in the young vice-president’s scheme of things.

WOOING VOTES

Desperate to woo the tribal votebank, the UPA government has decided to increase the stipulated days of employment per year under its flagship MGNREGA from 100 to 150 for Scheduled Tribes living in forest areas. It is the Tribal Affairs Ministry under V Kishore Chandra Deo, which had made this proposal and the Rural Development Ministry gave its approval to it earlier this month. Not many in the party are, however, convinced about the electoral efficacy of the MGNREGA.

DISCORDANT NOTE
WHILE he has formally joined the BJP, former Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy remains keen to exercise his freedom of speech unmindlful of the thinking in the BJP. On Friday, Swamy suggested that the party should induct former Army chief Gen V K Singh and retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi into the party. “We should invite Kiran Bedi & Gen Singh to join BJP,” Swamy tweeted, leaving most party leaders squirming as there has been no discussion on this issue.

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