November 6, 2017 2:33:08 am
Two seats in Gujarat are being watched closely by party leaders before the Assembly elections. One is the constituency of Anandiben Patel, the former Gujarat Chief Minister who has said she does not want to contest. Patel had won from the Ghatlodiya seat in 2012. BJP leaders are speculating if the party will give a ticket to Anandiben’s daughter. The party’s local unit has decided to leave it to their state and central leadership. The other seat is Naranpura, vacated by Amit Shah. The BJP president, it was learnt, had said that no one from his family would contest the Assembly elections when the party nominated him to the Rajya Sabha. The BJP’s state election committee is expected to meet on November 10-11 to decide the candidates from among the probables suggested by respective district units. The replacements of Shah and Patel shall be known soon.
As November starts, leaders of political parties begin preparing for the Parliament winter session. However, this time there is confusion as the parties are waiting for a formal announcement of the Parliament session. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has not yet met to finalise the dates of the winter session. Its chairman Rajnath Singh is likely to be out of the capital on Monday and Tuesday in Himachal Pradesh to campaign for the BJP. Opposition parties hope the government will finalise a date anytime after Rajnath is free from the Himachal campaign.
The congestion because of VIP traffic led to diversions of several flights from Delhi airport on Saturday but among those who had to bear the brunt was a VIP. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi was on his way from Patna to Delhi. His flight was diverted to Lucknow. Modi vented his frustration on the social media, only to be politely told by the private carrier that it was because of congestion beyond its control and requested him to understand the situation. The Twitter timeline of Modi suggests he didn’t deem it fit to escalate the issue further.
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