The Socialists have traditionally had a sound base in the tribal belt of Banswara and Dungarpur districts in Rajasthan, and have always, therefore, got a sizeable share in the seats in the area. No wonder then that veteran Socialist leader Sharad Yadav had expected at least five seats for his Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) in the poll-bound state. However, Congress poll managers settled the claims of three smaller allies — LJD, Rashtriya Lok Dal and NCP — in just five seats. Yadav, being a votary of opposition unity, accepted the two seats he was given.
Kumbh Going Global
Starting next month, Kumbh Mela merchandise is expected to hit retail outlets and online stores across the country, with the authorities looking to engage a merchandise agency that will sell apparel, electronics, travel souvenirs and mobile accessories among other things to take Brand Kumbh to global audiences.
As a large part of Monday was spent in speculation about an opposition meeting on November 22, many parties said they would rather wait for the Assembly election results before strategising. There could be, however, another reason for settling on a different date for the meeting in Delhi. The Samajwadi Party has a big birthday bash planned for Mulayam Singh Yadav on November 22, though his birthday is a day earlier. The SP was not keen that the opposition meeting should happen on that day.