INDORE: With Sonia and Rahul Gandhi speaking their minds,Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh has finally taken the cue. In Indore to lay the foundation stone of an IIT,he said on Tuesday that Manmohan Singh was the Congress’s PM candidate for the polls and there was no question mark on the issue. “People don’t understand this and unnecessarily spread confusion,” he said. Rahul,he added,had all the qualities required of an aadhunik pradhan mantri. Did anyone say confusion?
LUCKNOW: Munnabhai’s poll career finally begins on Wednesday,with Sanjay Dutt arriving with Manyata to make the rounds of Lucknow. He will begin by visiting the house in Ameenabad’s Ganne Wali lane area where his father Sunil Dutt stayed after his arrival from Pakistan after the Partition. Next on the itinerary is the
SP office and later a meeting with the media in the afternoon.
Ambedkar Act repealed
LUCKNOW: As Acts go,this one was quite forthright: Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal Act,introduced by the Mayawati Government almost immediately after it came to power in 2007 to govern the management and security of the Ambedkar Memorial,which has been under construction for 14 long years. On Tuesday,in a surprise move,the CM moved a Bill to repeal the law,saying this was being done on the advice of the Advocate General. The National Alliance of People’s Movement had challenged the Act before the high court,arguing that it was unconstitutional as the legislature had abdicated its powers in favour of the executive. The matter is still pending before the high court.
The twain ‘shall not meet’
NEW DELHI: Some would call it the dream team of politics,but the BJP doesn’t think so,at least in Delhi. On Tuesday,it refuted reports that it had joined hands with the Congress and the Left parties in Sikkim to fight the coming polls together. Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar called the report unfounded and “motivated”. “The meeting attended by BJP leaders and also the Congress and Left was only an all-party deliberation to ensure free and fair polls,” he said.