Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

Inside track: Zero Hour

Modi believes that there will be unnecessary delays if objections are put as file notings, as these files shuttle back and forth. Modi believes that there will be unnecessary delays if objections are put as file notings, as these files shuttle back and forth.
Written by Coomi Kapoor | Posted: July 27, 2014 12:38 am

Modi believes that there will be unnecessary delays if objections are put as file notings, as these files shuttle back and forth.

Zero Hour
Prime Minister Narendra Modi deliberately comes to Cabinet meetings half an hour late. This is so that his ministers can first discuss pending proposals with implications for more than one ministry. Modi believes that there will be unnecessary delays if objections are put as file notings, as these files shuttle back and forth. It is much better to thrash out the obstacles verbally, in person. This was the model Modi adopted successfully in Gujarat and has now replicated in Delhi. Modi asked a minister who sent her clearance for a proposal without first discussing it with her Cabinet colleagues to re-submit the proposal after first taking it up at what has come to be known as the Zero Hour of Cabinet meeting.

Poster boy
Narendra Modi graduated from chaiwallah to Prime Minister. Amit Shah, the BJP president, proudly declares that he began his political career pasting posters for his party. Shah has taken his new duties very seriously. When he came to the BJP party office, there was a long line of visitors from all parts of the country waiting to speak to him. Shah believes his main duties as party president are to propagate the good work being done by the government, act as a buffer between the PM and the party and also between Modi and the RSS. Shah hopes that by the end of his term as president, he will have built a dedicated party cadre.

Second opinion
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has overruled CBI Director Ranjit Sinha’s opinion in the Aircel-Maxis case. Sinha had given the Maran brothers — former DMK minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi — a clean chit even though the CBI had filed an FIR in the case in 2011. In a 200-page document, the CBI Director (Prosecutions) had held that  C Sivasankaran, founder of Aircel, had been coerced into selling his stake in the telecom company to T Ananda Krishnan, owner of Maxis in Malaysia, at the say-so of Dayanidhi Maran. Maxis had, in turn, bought Rs 650 crore worth of shares in the Maran-owned Sun TV at a hugely inflated price. Despite this evidence collected by his own bureau, Sinha wrote in an eight-page note that no case was made out against the brothers and thus stalled the filing of a chargesheet. Because of the differing CBI viewpoints, the case was referred to the AG.

Gang follows Modi
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