AICC TREASURER Motilal Vora has been persuading state party units to raise funds, ostensibly because the party is facing severe cash crunch. He has been sending letters to state chiefs in this regard. On Wednesday, almost all the state Congress chiefs were in Delhi to chalk out plans for the conclusion of the year-long nationwide celebrations to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru. As the meeting ended, Vora took the microphone and asked state chiefs to meet him. His announcement was followed by collective laughter, as all of them knew what Vora would inquire about.
THE CENTRAL government plans to celebrate Jayaprakash (JP) Narayan’s birth anniversary in a big way. One reason is the Bihar elections, where the BJP is fighting Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar who were close associates of JP. But the government has no official programme to celebrate the birth anniversary of Bharatiya Jan Sangh stalwart Nanaji Deshmukh on October 11 — the same day as JP’s birth anniversary.
AT HIS book launch in New Delhi, former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri was visibly happy that senior BJP leader L K Advani was present at the function. Recalling Advani’s trip to Pakistan in 2005, he said when he met the Indian leader in New Delhi after the controversy, before he started to apologise, Advani showed him his book My Country My Life, and a chapter that said “No Regrets”. While stating that Advani paid a price, Kasuri said “nothing good will come out if you are not ready to pay a price.”
A Matter Of Home
FORMER UNION Home Secretary L C Goyal will continue to stay in his 3, New Moti Bagh bungalow, which was earlier set aside as the official quarters of the home secretary. A few days ago, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet passed an order on a two-year tenure for Goyal as CMD of the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation, allowing him to retain the accommodation. Meanwhile, his successor, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, has been staying in Lodhi Estate.