Missing from Twitter
When Union ministers virtually competed with each other on Twitter to credit the Narendra Modi government for the GST council’s decision last Friday, there were some ministers who seemed oblivious to the rush among their colleagues. The Twitter timelines of Union ministers Anant Geete from Shiv Sena and P A Gajapathi Raju from the TDP did not betray any sense of euphoria to credit the central government for the tax revision. But these ministers can draw solace from the fact that such euphoria was also missing from the Twitter timelines of senior BJP ministers such as Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari. Among the allies, Harsimrat Kaur Badal was quick to praise but Ram Vilas Paswan joined the bandwagon a day late.
Poll dates & Cong
Even when the party leadership is quite confident about the prospects of the BJP in Gujarat, some see an uncanny link between the Gandhi family and the important dates of elections in Gujarat. The process in the state is to start with the issue of the gazette notification for the first phase on November 14, the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru. The first polling day is on December 9, the birthday of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Polling for the second phase in on December 14, which happens to be Sanjay Gandhi’s birth anniversary.
Trinamool Congress is battling salvos from Mukul Roy, who has left the party and joined the BJP. The man who took over Mukul’s role in Delhi for the TMC — Derek O’Brien — has an additional thing on his mind. O’Brien, who is into his second Rajya Sabha term, is all set to unveil his book, Inside Parliament – Views from the front row. Though an outsider, his role as a front-ranking leader of the TMC in Parliament has got him opportunities for close interaction with Delhi’s political class, for holding the government accountable as well as legislative work. One hopes his outsider’s view of the inside of Delhi’s political corridors will be a gripping read.