Memories of Pramod
The BJP national executive meeting in Mumbai was so efficiently managed that many of the leaders were reminded of the days of Pramod Mahajan. The man responsible for making the arrangements,incidentally,happened to be a Mahajan protégé,Atul Shah,who now heads the Mumbai BJP. And those who attended agreed that Shah would have made Mahajan proud with his organisational skills. But there was another reason why Mahajan was being remembered. His daughter,Poonam,was actively supervising all the arrangements and was visible everywhere at the meetings sessions,in the media centre,and in the food courts managing the last-minute issues. Seeing her work so hard,some leaders commented that she was showing the streaks of her fathers personality. Interestingly,no sweets or ice-cream were served at any time during the national executive,keeping in mind the drought situation in Maharashtra.
The Railway Ministry has made a slight modification to the age-old logo of the Indian Railways. The Home Ministry recently took serious note of the fact that many of the 16 zonal railways were using a logo in which the national motto Satyamev Jayate was either missing or not seen clearly. After being informed of this,the Railway Board has now issued a newly-designed logo that has the motto printed prominently. There has been another change as well. All this while,the logo had 16 stars,each representing one of the 16 zonal railways. The new logo has 17,the extra one representing the Kolkata Metro Railway,which has been inducted as a zonal railway recently.
WHILE the Congress has claimed that Abhishek Manu Singhvi had resigned as AICC spokesperson in the wake of the controversial CD row last April,the official website of the ruling party has a different story to tell. On the website,Singhvi continues to be not just the spokesperson but also the chairman of the AICCs Legal & Human Rights Department. It seemed to be a case of a website not updating its information but Singhvis sympathisers in the party claim that he never resigned from any of the party posts,notwithstanding the announcements made by the party.
RAJYA Sabha member Prem Chand Gupta has finally fulfilled his long-held desire. The former Union minister had been pleading with his political master,Lalu Prasad,to make him the leader of the RJD in the Rajya Sabha. Lalu was unable to do much since that position,till some time back,belonged to Jabir Hussain,a member of the minority community which the party woos continuously. With Hussain retiring from the House in April,the decks were cleared for Guptas elevation as leader of the party in the Upper House. The RJD has only one more member in the House but Gupta is obviously quite pleased to hold the position he quickly got a name-plate affixed at the entrance of the party office in Parliament,announcing his new-found status.
MINISTERS and ministries at the Centre have started getting a feel of the change of government in Lucknow. For a start,they now know how the signature of the UP Chief Minister looks like. In the past five years,when Mayawati was the chief minister,they hardly had any correspondence with her. Their own letters to her used to go unacknowledged,or at best,responses were sent by officials down the ladder. No longer. New Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav believes in sending prompt acknowledgements or responses himself,duly signed in Hindi.