“Are you with Allahabad or Prayag?” That was the question posed to Lok Sabha member and senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi. The seasoned politician that he is, Joshi wriggled out of the puzzle quite effortlessly. “(I) have been a Member of Parliament from Allahabad and have travelled by Prayagraj Express,” he said.
All For Poet
Close on the heels of the BJP coming to power in 2014, there had been some attempts to co-opt Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, the renowned Hindi poet, into the party’s fold. However, the saffron party could not do much to appropriate the poet, whom the Congress had sent to the Rajya Sabha thrice from Bihar. But despite their bitter political rivalry, four senior leaders from as many parties have now come together to organise a week-long programme to honour the poet at his native village in Bihar. Karan Singh (Congress), Giriraj Singh (BJP),
K C Tyagi (JD-U) and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh (RJD) have got together and are trying to get both President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit his village during the week-long programme in December.
It has been close to a month since the HRD Ministry announced the appointment of Delhi University professor Bidyut Chakrabarty as the new vice-chancellor of Visva-Bharati University. However, he hasn’t taken charge yet. Turns out that Chakrabarty was in Germany all this while and has joined Delhi University only this week. He can take charge as the Visva-Bharati V-C after DU relieves him.
Joining The Chorus
While the ongoing internal fight in the CBI has given rise to criticism of the government for its way of handling of the issue, and how the government chose to remain silent over it, some senior party leaders do not hesitate to express their displeasure over the unprecedented internal feud. Of course, when they speak off the record. A senior Union minister says,””There should be a board in front of the CBI headquarters, saying, ‘we will not be able to probe any cases until we resolve our internal issues. So no one should approach us with their cases.”