Lucknow nama: Power shift

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

Lucknow | Published: September 2, 2013 5:24:53 am

Power shift

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 Tripathi’s appointment an attempt by president Rajnath Singh to take control of party’s affairs in Uttar Pradesh that had shifted towards national election campaign committee chief Narendra Modi after Amit Shah’s appointment.

Immitating Rahul?

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 Shah’s 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.

Rude shock

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 CM’s 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 CM’s 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 Pakistan’s Swat Valley through the social networking site. Naved later went to Pakistan to meet his relatives and returned with fond memories.

Sleepless nights

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.

‘Photo finish’

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.”

Helping hand

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. Sushma’s 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.

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