The Congress on Thursday came out with its list of star campaigners for Jharkhand Assembly elections. The list triggered a buzz in party circles as the name of AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was missing. She had not campaigned in Haryana or Maharashtra, but her name had been included in the list of star campaigners for both the states. AICC in charge of Jharkhand R P N Singh clarified that the list was only for the first phase of the five-phase polls. He said Priyanka was busy with Uttar Pradesh, and he would ask her to give some time to Jharkhand for the other phases.
After its constitution in March, the country’s anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal has been working from Ashoka Hotel where it is paying nearly Rs 29 lakh a month as rent for 11 suits it has occupied. According to government sources, they have now found a permanent address for it. In a few weeks, Lokpal will be shifting to a new building. The possession of around 11,000 sq ft space at Future Block of International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR) in Vasant Kunj Institutional Area was taken in September, sources said. Before finalising this, search was on for space in buildings like Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, Ambedkar International Centre, East Kidwai Nagar and Dwarka.
BJP leaders are in a dilemma about whether there should be an adjournment of Rajya Sabha proceedings on the first day of the winter session on November 18 to mourn the demise of Arun Jaitley. Jaitley was a member of the Upper House when he died. Although the practice had been that the House would adjourn after mourning messages, a precedent was set by the Lok Sabha when the House adjourned for only half a day after the demise of LJP MP Ramchandra Paswan, brother of minister Ram Vilas Paswan.