While BJP general secretary Amit Shah had moved the Allahabad High Court against filing of an FIR against him for his alleged hate speech, he withdrew the petition a day later Thursday. It turns out the re-think came after it was brought to Shah’s notice that the FIR was lodged at the directive of the district electoral officer. With five more phases of elections still to go in UP, Shah, who is the party’s state in-charge, did not want to cross swords with the Election Commission. The party had criticised the FIR, alleging it to be handiwork of SP-led administration. Shah now is learnt to have asked for the official transcripts from the Commission to give detailed response to its notice.
SUSHMA Swaraj’s cancellation of two rallies in Orissa on Thursday set tongues wagging in party circles. However, party managers played down the development, claiming it was some technical glitch in her flight arrangements from Bhopal that held her back. While leaders maintained that her rallies in Orissa will be rescheduled, party managers sought to suggest that Orissa’s loss would mean gain for the Madhya Pradesh unit, where she remains in demand in for campaigning.
THE CBI will finally get a chance to screen a movie made on its five-decade history at its upcoming D P Kohli memorial lecture scheduled on April 15. The movie was first supposed to be released by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last year when the agency completed 50 years, but with controversial cases like coal block scam and Bofors being investigated by the agency featuring in the movie, the decision was postponed. The CBI was also unable to finalise the guest speaker for the memorial lecture due to model code of conduct. However, the agency will now have former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi, who will be speaking on ‘Eclipse at Noon: Shadows over India’s Conscience.’
ALTHOUGH former telecom minister A Raja is facing no BJP candidate against him as the party’s official candidate’s nomination papers were rejected on technical grounds from the Nilgiris constituency, he is set to face some heat political heat. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who has been pursuing the alleged 2G spectrum allocation scam in court, Thursday got Ashirvadam Achary, who served in the Telecom Ministry, inducted into the party to target the DMK in Tamil Nadu during the elections.