Punjab’s Congress chief Amarinder Singh is in a fix. His son Raninder Singh has been insisting on a ticket for the upcoming assembly elections from Patiala (Rural) constituency but that is not acceptable to most of the party brass. The reason being the party does not want to let Patiala become a family fiefdom of Amarinder Singh. Amarinder himself contests from Patiala (Urban) constituency while his wife represents Patiala constituency in the Lok Sabha. As a compromise,the party is learnt to have offered Samana constituency to Raninder but Amarinders son is adamant. The party is set to announce the list of its candidates any time now,and then it will become known who has prevailed.
THE OTHER CAMPAIGN
It is not just the contest for Assembly seats that is making waves this season. Academic institutes are also involved in heavy duty campaigning. The University Grants Commission is in the midst of the selection process for a full-time Chairman,and acting Chairman Prof Ved Prakash is a serious contender. So much so that he has got former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee to write a letter to the Prime Minister backing his candidature. Chatterjee is in total political oblivion these days but he is the best Prakash seems to have managed.
THE Bhanwari Devi case in Rajasthan is clearly becoming a showpiece case for the CBI. Recently,CBI Director A P Singh and Additional Director K Saleem Ali made a visit to Jodhpur where all the action in the case is. The agency has managed to solve the case,in which two prominent Rajasthan politicians were involved in a sleaze CD,in no time. The purpose of the visit of the top two officials of CBI to Jodhpur was to thank the field officers for doing a good job. Interestingly,the scheduled flight which these two were supposed to take was delayed after which a special flight was arranged for them.
TRINIDAD and Tobago will become the third country where the department of AYUSH will have an Ayurveda chair for training students in the Indian system of medicine. The MoU will be signed by Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and the foreign minister of that country at Hyderabad House on Friday. The other two countries where there is a similar chair are South Africa and Germany. For starters,Ayurveda will be a short-term course at the Trinidad and Tobago University which may become a full-time programme depending on the response. Twenty other countries are in the queue for such a tie-up including Columbia,Hungary,Malaysia,Bangladesh,France,USA and Australia.
IT was an awkward situation for senior Samajwadi Party leaders Mohan Singh and Ram Gopal Yadav,having been caught unawares about a party decision regarding them. Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday sacked Mohan Singh from the position of partys national spokesperson and did not even bother to inform him. Mohan Singh learnt about the decision from other MPs when he went to attend a Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting. Mohan Singhs replacement,Ram Gopal Yadav,was similarly not informed about his appointment. Yadav had gone for a check-up at AIIMS in the morning and learnt about the decision from TV once he returned.