With the DMK and the DMDK forcing an election for the Rajya Sabha elections from Tamil Nadu,each having fielded candidates,the Congress is suddenly finding itself much in demand. It is being wooed by both the parties. Less than three months ago,the Congress was in despair after the DMK snapped ties with it. And now,in a turnaround,the DMK and the DMDK emissaries are frequenting 10,Janpath to seek the partys support. DMDK chief Vijayakants emissary met Sonia Gandhi on Thursday. Senior DMK leader T R Baalu met her a day earlier. While the Congress has not officially revealed its mind,DMK insiders claim the party has promised to support its candidate Kanimozhi.
While a plethora of VVIPs have made trips and aerial sorties to flood-devastated Uttarakhand,Defence Minister A K Antony has refrained from travelling. This despite the fact that almost the entire air operations for rescue and relief are being conducted by the armed forces. It is learnt that the minister turned down proposals for an aerial tour of the region,making the point that the helicopters should instead first be employed for urgent rescue operations and not get diverted for his movement. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde,however,has decided to make a trip on Saturday.
BJP veteran L K Advani,who had been confining himself to his home ostensibly due to bad health for the last two weeks,came out for a public function on Friday. He addressed a function to commemorate the martyrdom of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. However,uncertainty remains whether Advani would be able to travel to Pathankot on Sunday to attend an event on the death anniversary of Mookerjee. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,who is visiting monsoon-ravaged Uttarakhand on Saturday,is slated to attend that function in Pathankot.