Andhra Pradesh CM and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu will be in Delhi again on Thursday, his second visit in a week. But there could be a surprise, as Naidu is likely to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his attempt to forge a pan-India alliance against BJP. The meeting could be a watershed in the history of TDP, established by Naidu’s father-in-law N T Rama Tao in the early 1980s with the sole purpose of defeating the Congress in undivided AP. He was successful within a year and became the first non-Congress CM of AP in 1983. Now the TDP, under Naidu, is already in talks with the Congress for an alliance in Telangana.
In Power Hub
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb has been allotted a bungalow on Talkatora Road in New Delhi. It is usual for chief ministers to get a bungalow in Delhi, but Deb’s predecessor, Manik Sarkar, known for his simplicity and spartan lifestyle, did not have one. Deb’s bungalow is right in the Lutyens’ power hub – opposite the bungalow allocated to Minister of State R K Singh, and near that of former MoS (Health) Faggan Singh Kulaste.
Missing In Action
The yearly vigilance awareness week saw a full house, with participation from various government departments and PSUs. Chief vigilance officers (CVOs) of different government organisations were also present. Missing in action was the CVO from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The role of CVO in the probe agency is generally performed by the joint director (policy). After the recent reshuffle, following the controversy in the agency, responsibilities of that officer have been assigned to a DIG.
The Bureau of Police Research and Development, the government’s think-tank on police reforms, recently came out with a coffee-table book chronicling the Bureau’s journey since its inception in the 1970s. The book carries only photographs of NDA government ministers, including the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and Minister of State. There is no mention of ministers in previous Congress-led governments.