The hustle and bustle of electioneering over, is it time for some relaxation for Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh? The buzz in the party is that the 83-year-old is considering taking off to Kerala for ayurveda treatment. He could be in Kerala for a fortnight. Those close to him, meanwhile, claim the Congress is not in a bad position as is perceived to be.
The Prime Minister has one more office room to himself. This one is in the plush new building in the Parliament House Complex called Annexe Extension. Apart from the sprawling 7 Race Course Road, the Prime Minister has his offices at the historic South Block and the main Parliament House building.
An expelled office-bearer of Forward Bloc’s trade union arm TUCC gave the party a scare. The person, who was expelled in 2015, sent out a press release to media outlets announcing that TUCC was withdrawing from the three-day dharna in the national capital being organised by central trade unions, arguing that the protest was being done with political motive and vested consideration. As people started inquiring, the Forward Bloc swung into action. TUCC then issued a press release saying it was very much part of the dharna. The central trade unions, sources said, will while ending the protest on Saturday give a call to workers to prepare for an indefinite nationwide general strike soon.
Repair and restoration work marks inter-session periods at the Parliament House. The current spell is witnessing a more elaborate exercise. There was feverish activity today as the government decided to convene a meeting of the Cabinet followed by a sitting of the Council of Ministers at the Annexe Extension Building. Huge cloth screens were put up in front of boundary walls to block the view of the inside from the road across. Normally, Cabinet meetings are held at Parliament House during sessions. Obviously, somebody in the government felt that ministers getting a feel of the contemporary building wouldn’t be a bad idea. And nobody would disagree with it.