senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has given a notice of calling attention in Parliament asking how a foreigner could be appointed RBI Governor. The new RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan completed his BTech from IIT Delhi followed by an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad before he went to MIT and has spent several years as a professional in the US. He,however,holds an Indian passport and is learnt to have provided a copy of the same to the government for submission to the Speakers office. The evidence of Rajans nationality in hard copy will be handed over to Joshi to put the matter to rest.
HOUSE & HOLIDAYS
Disruptions apart,the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament also stands punctuated by gazetted holidays. Over the next few days,there are two holidays in order Independence Day on Thursday and Raksha Bandhan on following Tuesday (August 20) with two working days,a Friday and a Monday falling in between. Parliamentarians have proposed an innovative means to get an extended break from August 15 to 20 instead and yet compensate for the two working days lost. While the government earlier suggested MPs make up for the days lost by extending the session to September 3-4,that option had to be ruled out when it was learnt that the Speaker will be travelling to South Africa on those dates for some parliamentary engagement. It is now proposed that MPs work instead on two consecutive Saturdays as well August 24 and August 31.
Narendra Modi is not any easy one to figure out. Last week,the Gujarat Chief Minister sent a condolence letter to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on the loss of his father Khurshid Alam Khan,a former Union minister and governor who passed away recently. In the past,Modi had called up Khurshid to greet him on the occasion of Eid. While it is quite normal for political adversaries to put aside their political differences to share one anothers personal joy and sorrow,such is Modis persona that even his personal gestures have raised curiosity in the ruling party. As for Khurshid,there is no stopping his penchant for Modi-baiting. Talking about bonhomie,Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan flew down from Bhopal to Delhi Sunday morning for a short trip just to visit Governor Ram Naresh Yadavs wife in a Delhi hospital.
Preperations have started for Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs last visit to the US late September,during which he is slated to meet his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif with National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon travelling to Washington this week to set up the trip,which also marks the PMs final meeting this term with US President Barack Obama. On the plate are a host of issues,but the NSA is expected to focus on ways to take forward civil nuclear energy,defence and high technology cooperation. He will also seek convergence on issues relating to Afghanistan and Pakistan,added insiders.
SHOTGUN ON BOARD
Bihar BJP leaders,who had been taken by surprise by Shatrughan Sinhas barbs against partys chief campaigner Narendra Modi recently,took a sigh of relief on the eve of Eid. They assembled at Rajiv Pratap Rudys residence to discuss strategy for their Hunkar Rally in October. While senior leader Arun Jaitley dropped in for that strategy session with Modis October rally being the lone agenda. Bihar unit leaders,who feared Shatrughan Sinha was being wooed by Nitish Kumar,were relieved when they found Sinha participating in the meeting contributing to the discussion how to make Modis rally a success.