Vasundhara reaches out

The newly appointed Rajasthan BJP president Vasundhara Raje is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that egos are not hurt ahead of assembly polls later this year

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 1, 2013 1:56 am

The newly appointed Rajasthan BJP president Vasundhara Raje is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that egos are not hurt ahead of assembly polls later this year. Soon after assuming charge,Raje called on several veteran party leaders,all of whom have been her critics in the past,including Hari Shankar Bhabhra and Bhanwar Lal Sharma. She even surprised senior leader Jaswant Singh by touching his feet when he went to Jaipur recently to participate in the state BJP executive.

With friends like these

Sensing trouble over his son’s controversial email regarding corporate funding to his family-controlled trust when he was corporate affairs minister,M Veerappa Moily reached out to the BJP leadership to explain how there was nothing wrong with the said funding by ITC,and listed the good works being done by the trust. He was also rueful about the fact that his son had dragged his name in the email to his partner. As the BJP leadership relented and decided not to raise the issue in Parliament,a colleague from the South,known to be an activist minister,walked over to the Opposition camp to rebuke them for letting Moily off the hook.

Omission,high commission

The Pakistan High Commission’s latest newsletter captures the activities of the mission in India and lists visitors from back home. While the Pakistan PM and other dignitaries are prominently mentioned,there is an interesting omission. Former President Pervez Musharraf,who visited India last year,is not mentioned at all. Clearly,diplomats must at all times keep in mind what their political bosses back home would like to see.

Slow and unsteady at IIM

Autonomy can have its downside. The HRD ministry last year allowed IIMs to shortlist candidates for the two top jobs of the Chairman,Board of Governors and Director. But this has made the process even more cumbersome. IIM Ahmedabad,for instance,took so long to send its shortlist that outgoing director Prof Samir Barua had to be given a three-month extension until March 31. The seniormost member of the faculty,Prof Ajay Pandey,has been made acting Director for six months starting this week.

Poll pushes Rajnath team

The BJP constitution sets no formal deadline for its president to announce his team of office-bearers. But Rajnath Singh has had his hand forced by a constitutional body outside his control. The Election Commission has declared the poll schedule for Karnataka,and the BJP president had to re-constitute the party’s central election committee to approve candidates before the April 17 deadline for filing nominations. The re-constitution of the Parliamentary Board,though,was a mere formality,given the lone vacancy for which the only name is that of Narendra Modi.

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