Shahnawaj Hussain saved the day for BJP president Rajnath Singh who is facing a privilege motion. The Privileges Committee disposed of a couple of cases on Friday but just before it was to take up Rajnath Singhs matter,Hussain is learnt to have invoked his right to offer Friday prayers and sought the postponement of the meeting for the day. Committee chairman P C Chacko had little choice but to concede. Hussain managed to have his say but some members later jokingly inquired whether he would be able to exert this right if the BJP came to be dominated,as it seems now,by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
FOR FAIR treatment
BY demanding that its representatives be invited to all party functions,the All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) has unwittingly made it known that Congress party may not have been giving equal treatment to women. The womens wing of the party has,in a statement issued after its national council meet,demanded that it be invited by PCCs at every function and also get a place on the dais with other leaders. AIMC president Anita Verma urged chief ministers of all Congress-ruled states to give representation to Mahila Congress members in the government to empower women. Given that many of them have to spend several days in Delhi,the AIMC has also suggested that boarding and lodging facilities be provided to them in the state guest houses of the Congress-ruled states.
MISSING IN ACTION
LAW Minister Ashwani Kumar was conspicuous by his absence at a dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday for the judges of the Supreme Court and chief justices of the High Courts who are in Delhi for a conference over the weekend. Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid,both lawyers,were among those who made it to the function,but most of the senior officers of the Law Ministry also happened to be absent. It later became known that Ashwani Kumar was himself hosting a dinner for a delegation from Azerbaijan that was headed by the Justice Minister of that country.
SPGs most high-profile protectees Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul were sorely missed at the forces raising day parade on Thursday. While Sonia remained abroad for medical treatment,Rahul made up for his absence on Friday and turned up for the high-tea function. Rahul was accompanied by his sister Priyanka who too is a SPG protectee. The two spent considerable time at the function,mingling with the personnel of the force,many of whom requested to be clicked with them. The siblings readily obliged.