Enough Waiting

Now that he is out,the Lok Sabha Secretariat has served him a fresh notice

Published: August 7, 2013 3:45 am

Madhu Koda,Independent MP from Singhbhum in Jharkhand who recently came out of jail after spending 44 months in connection with alleged corruption cases,has been served a notice by the Lok Sabha Secretariat to declare his assets and liabilities. After his election to the Lok Sabha,he had not filed these details. He had reportedly told the secretariat that he could not file this information as his assets had been attached and therefore,he would file the details later. Now that he is out,the Lok Sabha Secretariat has served him a fresh notice.

TRIGGERING A BUZZ

AS Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stopped by the official gallery of the Lok Sabha on Monday,there was confusion all around. He was enquiring about his Private Secretary Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi,who had apparently got stranded outside. The PM walked towards his seat,stood near it for a moment before walking back towards the gallery,which was,by then,abuzz with the inquisitive voices of “PS,PS,PS…”,with even Minister of State V Narayansamy joining in. Thankfully,Chaturvedi entered the gallery right in time. As it turned out,the PM was scheduled to introduce the newly inducted ministers to the House and was looking for the file that contained their list.

COMRADE IN ARMS

THE All India IAS Association,which has taken up cudgels on behalf of suspended UP cadre IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal,has got an interesting suggestion to express the bureaucracy’s unhappiness with the UP government’s decision. It has been suggested that all IAS officers should wear a black badge on their arms until Nagpal’s suspension is revoked. Last heard,the association was seized with the issue.

THE MISSING NAME

A CONTROVERSY is brewing over the absence of former Forward Bloc MP Amar Roy Pradhan’s name in the obituary references made by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on the first day of Monsoon session on Monday. The eight-term MP passed away on July 3. Forward Bloc has decided to take it up with the concerned authorities. Buzz is that the TMC-led West Bengal government did not formally convey the news of Pradhan’s demise to Parliament.

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