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Delhi Confidential: Clearing The Air

Nitin Gadkari is fond of talking about his dream projects and plans about his ministry.

Published: October 12, 2015 3:27:58 am
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Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who conducted the function where PM Narendra Modi felicitated some of those who participated in the anti-Emergency struggle on Jayaprakash Narayan’s birth anniversary, was introduced by the announcer as a “youth leader”. Naidu, 67, later said that he was no longer a youth leader but was there in his capacity as a former president of Andhra University Students Union who participated in the anti-Emergency movement. Two of his co-organisers were, however, missing in action. Arun Jaitley, former president of Delhi University Students Union, had a commitment with the World Bank, while Sushil Modi, former secretary of Patna University Students Union, was busy with the Bihar elections.

Bhajan Protest

Top Congress leaders, who assembled at the AICC headquarters on Saturday to proceed to Dadri to hold a fast for communal harmony there, were not surprised when they were stopped at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border. But they were in for a surprise when Madhusudan Mistry, the general secretary in charge, whipped out a bhajan book as they all sat in a nearby park to hold a symbolic fast. Wearing a Gandhi cap, Mistry started singing “Vaishnava Jana To” and “Raghupati Raghav Rajaram” and the others, like Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Pramod Tiwari, R P N Singh and Jitin Prasada, had to sing along.

Gentle Reminder

Participating in a panel discussion on the occasion of Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book launch in Delhi, former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha reminded the former Pakistani foreign minister that he had missed an important point while referring to a meeting between the two. The meeting, Sinha said, was “short” and they “just shook hands” but both had decided that “they would go out and talk to the world media” same things to show that they both were “on same page”. Although Kasuri missed to mention that point in his book, Sinha said he would definitely write it in his book.

Building Plans

Nitin Gadkari is fond of talking about his dream projects and plans about his ministry. But when he came to Indian Women Press Corps for an interaction, the first thing he seemed to have noticed is the poor planning of the bungalow. Before beginning his opening remarks, Gadkari suggested that “innovation technology” should be used to restructure the interiors to accommodate more of its 700-plus members. His suggestion, anyway, goes well with his image — he played a significant role in getting the BJP headquarters renovated during his tenure as the party president.

Skipping Function

This is one event regarding which Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be following his predecessor Manmohan Singh’s record. On Friday, Modi, like Singh, skipped the P rime Minister’s Territorial Army Day Parade. And while Singh attended the TA Day parade only once in 10 years in office, Modi still has three years to go before he matches Singh’s record. The parade was thus reviewed by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The PM had skipped the Air Force’s chief’s At Home function Thursday.

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