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Delhi confidential: Grand slam time

The interview with the Governor was followed by a panel discussion which included West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh, TMC leader and state Minister Shashi Panja and BJP leader Chandra Kumar Bose, among others.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 21, 2020 4:11:41 pm
Jagdeep Dhankhar

In an interview to NDTV, Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankar criticised the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal for the law and order situation in the state, its officials acting in the interest of the ruling Trinamool Congress, and for atrocities on the Opposition, especially BJP workers.

The interview was followed by a panel discussion which included West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh, TMC leader and state Women and Child Welfare Minister Shashi Panja and BJP leader Chandra Kumar Bose, among others.

An earlier version of this report wrongly said the Governor “took part” in the panel discussion. The Governor was not part of the panel, his comments were referred to during the discussion. The error is regretted.

Poll-Bound Party

For the first time, the Congress has decided to issue digital identity cards to the 1,500-odd AICC delegates. The revamped central election authority of the party is working overtime to finalise the revised list of AICC delegates, which forms the electoral college to elect the party president and half of the Congress Working Committee. The move by the authority to issue digitised identity cards comes at a time when many in the party believe Rahul Gandhi would return as Congress president. But if there is a contest for the post of party president, and if there is a decision to hold elections for the CWC, then the digital ID cards will ensure a glitch-free process. But many in the party believe convening an AICC session to elect a new president could be difficult given the coronavirus protocols. Since Sonia Gandhi has expressed desire to not continue as interim president, the party has to soon elect a regular president for the rest of her term.

Ignorance Is Bliss?

Not everyone seems convinced that the coronavirus is still raging in the national capital—or, for that matter, in the country. During a meeting of a ministry this week, a discussion was going on about why a certain job was not done yet. When officials said that the work was getting affected by the pandemic, the Cabinet minister concerned surprised everyone when he remarked: “What Covid? Covid is over.” The officials present were particularly surprised because the ministry concerned is dealing with several officers currently affected by the infection.

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