Former BJP state chief Ramapati Ram Tripathi has emerged as the other power centre in the party after his appointment as head of the State Election Management Committee. As Tripathi is also in-charge of party affairs in Jharkhand,he is now empowered to attend all election related meets in the two states. Incidentally,Tripathi has never won a direct election. He lost from Siswa in the 2012 state polls. Observers see in Tripathis appointment an attempt by president Rajnath Singh to take control of partys affairs in Uttar Pradesh that had shifted towards national election campaign committee chief Narendra Modi after Amit Shahs appointment.
When BJP national general secretary Amit Shah had lunch at the house of a Dalit in Jhansi recently,it sparked speculation whether he was imitating Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. However,the situation was different in Shahs case. While Rahul visited the house of the Dalit who was non-political,Shah chose party worker Darshan Balmiki,who is a former member of the Jhansi cantonment board. Darshan was informed in advance that Shah along with 50 people will have lunch at his place.
There was embarrassment in store for Ministers of State Gayatri Prasad Prajapati,Ram Sakal Gurjar and SP MLA Sateesh Nigam when they,along with several supporters,went to meet Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. As the CM had projected himself as accessible,they assumed there was no need to take prior appointment. On reaching the CMs secretariat,they were in for a rude shock when Akhilesh refused to meet them. He later issued a circular among ministers and MLAs that no one should come to the CMs secretariat without prior appointment.
Facebook is fast becoming a tool for reviving old contacts. Congress MLA and scion of Nawab family of Rampur,Kazim Ali Khan alias Naved got in touch with some of his relatives in Pakistans Swat Valley through the social networking site. Naved later went to Pakistan to meet his relatives and returned with fond memories.
The inauspicious start to Hamari Beti Uska Kal scheme,which offers financial assistance to girls from minority community who have cleared the high school exam,is giving sleepless nights to officials. The reason: even after 12 days,they have got no applications. This despite funds for nearly 2,800 students being made available. Minority Welfare Minister Azam Khan sought an explanation from officials. With no answer,officials are now sending letters to every school,requesting them to ensure applications begin to trickle in.
The 84-kosi parikrama may have failed to take off,but VHP is releasing photographs and statements of its leaders claiming it is continuing the parikrama by outwitting policemen. A VHP leader said,When the parikrama was to begin on August 25,the entire media was in Ayodhya to cover the event. At present,media is not giving any coverage to the event. To keep the issue alive till September 13,(when the parikrama will conclude),photographs are being sent to the media.
The family of 13-year-old child prodigy Sushma Verma was in for a pleasant surprise when lyricist Javed Akhtar evinced interest in helping the student,who had recently secured admission to Lucknow University. Sushmas father Tej Bahadur Verma,a daily wage labourer,termed it as a miracle. Talking to The Indian Express,the lyricist said he wanted to help the girl and had spoken to someone in Lucknow to arrange for her details.