Defence Minister A K Antony took a dig at Russian Ambassador Alexander M Kadakin at the induction ceremony of the nuclear powered submarine INS Chakra that has been taken on lease from Russia. Before starting on his prepared speech where he praised the Indo-Russian strategic partnership,he asked Kadakin to ensure that the Gorhkov aircraft carrier is refurbished on time. Reminding Kadakin that Russia has promised delivery of the much delayed ship by early next year,Antony said an even bigger function would take place when it arrives.
Remember Babri Masjid Action Committee convener Zafaryab Jilani? Well,he has been appointed the additional advocate-general by the Akhilesh Yadav government. In a normal situation,the BJP would promptly cry foul over this development and go hammer and tongs against Maulana Mulayam. But none of this for the saffron party for now. State BJP leaders,who found themselves overwhelmed by poll-managers,surveyors and busybodies from outside in the polls,are apparently in no hurry to get back to work so soon. Incidentally,Jilanis views on many other issues relating to minority communities are at variance with SPs Muslim strongman Azam Khan.
ON Thursday as Rahul Gandhi started consultations with leaders from Uttar Pradesh to analyse the reasons for the partys debacle in assembly elections,Congress general secretary in charge of the state Digvijaya Singh was abroad dealing with a more serious crisis in the family. With two members of his family battling cancer,the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister has been going through trying times. What his colleagues found impressive was how he used to shuttle between the US,where his family members have been undergoing treatment,and UP where he was trying to revive the partys fortune all with a smile and equanimity.
COMPARED to his political rival Mayawati who set her eyes on winning Lok Sabha seats from neighbouring states after her thumping victory 2007 UP assembly elections Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has very modest ambitions. Riding on the tempo of 2012 UP assembly victory,Mulayam has deputed a clutch of ministers from Akhilesh Yadavs government to canvass for party candidates in the MCD polls in the national capital. However,his party is facing an uphill task given that it has been able to secure its election symbol (bicycle) only for 100 of 272 seats.