BJD’s young MP Anubhav Mohanty’s first starred question in Rajya Sabha earned him compliments from HRD Minister Smriti Irani. Mohanty, who had a question for Rural Development Minister Birendra Singh on Indira Awas Yojana in his home state Orissa, happened to mention that it was his first ever question in the House. To which, Irani, sitting in the front row, turned back and gestured her support. She then passed on a small paper to him, through parliamentary staff, which apparently had a couple of encouraging words for the 34-year-old MP.
Suresh Soni, one of the four sah-sarkaryawah (joint general secretary) in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was appointed sarkaryawah (joint secretary), the second most powerful position in the organisation, albeit only for a few minutes. When the election for the general secretary was taking place, the incumbent, Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi, stepped aside, as is the convention to facilitate a fair election. Being the seniormost joint general secretary, Soni took charge and oversaw the elections. After Joshi got re-elected, Soni took a swipe at everyone, including the media, which had been fuelling speculation about someone else getting that position. People who are not aware of how the Sangh functions, spread such rumours, he said.
Justice Madan B Lokur had an intriguing tale to narrate on what constitutes a “secret”. The judge recalled a statement made by Attorney General Soli Sorabjee, as the senior lawyer then was to respond to an argument during the hearing of the coal scam case that possessing secret files of the CBI was a penal offence. Justice Lokur said: “Sorabjee had then said there is nothing which is secret in Delhi. The only secret in Delhi is cabinet meeting, which also becomes public after a maximum of half-an-hour.”
After his remarks on the complexion of women became controversial, Sharad Yadav got a helping hand from NCP’s D P Tripathy. Tripathy suggested that Yadav should write to the Rajya Sabha chairman, explaining that there was nothing unparliamentary about his comments.
He told Yadav to quote from Kalidas’s description of women in Kumarasambhava and Jaishankar Prasad’s narration in Kamayani. Yadav heeded to the advice and prepared the letter to be sent to the chairman the next day. But on the same night, he watched a television debate in which Tripathy was participating. The NCP leader made the same argument only to be attacked by everyone else on the panel.
Yadav decided not to send the letter to the chairman.