Though she is not new to Parliament, Union Minister Uma Bharti Monday learnt it the hard way about the restrictions upon vehicle entry inside the Parliament House complex. Bharti, who drove to the complex, had to alight outside the complex as her car did not have the required security vetted stickers on it. Later, she was seen using Parliament’s ferry service for her travel while going out of the complex.
Talking of “achche din”, it would be too early to say anything, but a big change is already visible when it comes to catering in the Parliament House. The case in point is the party leaders’ breakfast-meeting, called by Parliamentary Affairs M Venkaiah Naidu which was joined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also. Naidu surprised his guests by treating them to a sumptuous breakfast sourced from Sarvana Bhawan, instead of the usual stuff served by the Railways. The spread included poori-bhaji, baby idlis, badas and upma.
There is a tinge of saffron to parliamentary proceedings now. Just as the members were done with the customary two-minute silence after the obituary references, one heard a sombre “Om Shanti, Shanti.” This was Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
One would seldom see this kind of contrast anywhere. The whole Lok Sabha, in full attendance, stands up still for quite a while after one of the minders from the Watch and Ward staff hails aloud: “Maan-neeye sadasya, maan-neehe adhyaksh ji.” Compared to her predecessors, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan takes a bit longer to get to the podium. It is not her pace, perhaps. The minder, it seems, has to synchronise it better. Anyway, through with the exchange of “namaskars” and “vanakams”, the same gathering gets chaotic, defying all efforts to instil an order.
The Supreme Court on Monday got three more judges — Justices Arun Mishra, Adarsh Kumar Goel and Rohington F Nariman. While Mishra and Goel have been chief justices of high courts, Nariman has been elevated from the bar. It seemed not only the CJI but also his lawyer friends could not hide their elation over Nariman becoming a judge. After administering oath of office, The CJI shook hands with the other two judges and embraced Nariman. Lawyers in the court room applauded by putting their hands together. Nariman, on his part, was also ready for the new role. Knowing he would assume office Monday, he spent the past weekend reading the files of cases that were to appear before him Monday.
The Health Ministry (@MOHFW_India) debuted on Twitter Monday with a message from Health Minister Harsh Vardhan urging it to join in making health a social movement. The ministry’s presence on the social media circuit was earlier through the Press Information Bureau but keeping with the new minister’s urgency to make health the talking point, the ministry decided to have its own handle.
Press Information Bureau did a faux pas on Monday morning when its Twitter handle, while updating about the Ganga Manthan discussion, mentioned Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti as ‘Shrimati’ instead of ‘Sushri’. The tweet was deleted but not before the PIB had reportedly been pulled up by the PMO.