For the last two months, Congress leader Ashok Chavan has been criss-crossing Maharashtra leading a yatra. The party is deeply divided in the state, like in many others, and Chavan is hoping to energise and unify it ahead of next year’s Assembly and Lok Sabha polls. Many of Chavan’s detractors have attended his Jan Sangharsh Yatra. Former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan was present when it reached his constituency Karad. So was Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil when it reached Ahmednagar. But what has surprised many in the Congress in Maharashtra is the absence of Lok Sabha MP Rajiv Satav — considered close to party president Rahul Gandhi. Satav was made AICC in-charge of Gujarat some months ago. Many are now trying to figure out the reason for his absence.
Promotions in the Railway Ministry are stuck following a sudden decision at the top level. In a move similar to former minister Mallikarjun Kharge’s during the UPA regime, Piyush Goyal has said that all posts due to be filled with promotion are to be advertised within the organisation for everyone across India to apply for posts of director and upwards. While Rail Bhawan mandarins figure out how to make sense of this policy change, the fate of a huge number of officials due for promotion is left hanging.
As air quality plummeted in Delhi owing to severe smog, the National Stadium was getting spruced up on the eve of Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary, which will see 15,000 people participate in a ‘Run for Unity’. His speeches will boom from speakers on Wednesday as participants gather at the venue as early as 6 am. The morning hours are the worst for particulate matter concentrations. An air quality app run by the Ministry of Earth Sciences has warned against exposure during such times.