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Posted: July 1, 2013 5:10 am

Expensive Move

AS the Election Commission of India looks into his speech in which he had claimed to have spent way above the stipulated limit of poll expense in 2009 elections,Gopinath Munde,deputy leader of the BJP in Lok Sabha,seems to have been deserted by his party colleagues. None of the BJP leaders have come to his defence while party president Rajnath Singh maintained on Sunday that Munde himself will reply to the Election Commission notice. On Saturday,Murli Manohar Joshi had stated that it was between the Election Commission and Munde and he was the last person to have any detail on expenses because “I do not have that much money to spend” during elections.

Tribal Tribulations

Tribal Affairs Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo is learnt to be extremely upset at the decision of the Law Ministry to close departmental proceedings against one of its senior officers whose wife was found to have secured a job as a teacher with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on the basis of a forged Scheduled Tribe certificate.

Deo has shot off a strong letter to Law Minister Kapil Sibal requesting him to look into the matter. This case,of the wife of a powerful bureaucrat depriving the rightful claim of an ST candidate,has already been referred to the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes. The wife,incidentally,has resigned from her teaching job.

Aspirants Galore

With Lok Sabha Secretary General T K Vishwanathan’s term coming to end in August,many aspirants have started making serious efforts to get the coveted job,which,among other things,carries the rank of Cabinet Secretary. A bungalow in Lutyens’ Delhi is just one of the many perks. Apart from senior officers of the Lok Sabha Secretariat,many recently-retired bureaucrats are also lobbying to get the job. Many of the aspirants are trying to meet members of the panel that selects the Secretary General to seek their blessings. However,so far,their efforts don’t seem to have borne any fruit.

Churn Continues

Organisational revamp in the Congress,carried out early this month,seems to be an exercise in progress. Last week,the party high command appointed Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde as permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee and dropped K S Rao from the apex decision-making body. The party is now preparing to drop Mohan Prakash and Shakeel Ahmed from the panel of spokespersons following their appointment as AICC general secretaries. Incidentally,both of them had been brought back as spokespersons only last month.

Head Hunting

The government is likely to soon propose a fixed two-year tenure for the top boss of National Investigating Agency (NIA). Currently,heads of only the CBI,the Intelligence Bureau and the RAW enjoy two-year terms. It has been two months now that the post of DG,NIA,is lying vacant.

Former DG,S C Sinha,was appointed member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in April. Since then Additional Director General N R Wasan has been officiating as the head. The names of CBI’s Special Director K Saleem Ali,Maharashtra’s Arup Patnaik and Haryana’s Sharad Kumar are doing the rounds for the post of DG,NIA.

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