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Having struggled hard to bring peace in its faction-riven Punjab unit, the Congress high command was alarmed after senior leader Jagmeet Singh Brar hit out at PCC chief Amarinder Singh for deciding to pull out of Khardoor Sahib by-elections. Brar, a former CWC member, called the pullout decision a humongous fraud and betrayal on Singh’s part. Soon, 20 MLAs — all owing allegiance to Singh — came out and demanded action against Brar. An alarmed high command reached out to both sides. Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed worked his phones and both Brar and the MLAs have been asked to vent their views within the party forum, as their public statements are hurting the party’s interests.
Case Of No Case
Enforcement Directorate Director Karnal Singh on Wednesday gave a severe dressing down to two senior officials for failing to crack any case so far in the new year. The joint director of ED’s Mumbai unit and the special director of Delhi unit were called to the headquarters and reprimanded for not being able to bring to the table any big case for months together. The two are the agency’s top performing units. Singh also chided them for not being able to make any significant breakthrough in existing cases.
The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party may be at daggers drawn in Delhi, but Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, from AAP, batted for the former at the 78th Conference of Presiding Officers of Legislative Bodies in India, held recently in Gandhinagar. Goel first pleaded with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to accord the Leader of Opposition status to the Congress floor leader in the House, which she has denied to the main opposition party so far. Thereafter, he cited the example of Arunachal Pradesh and cautioned the participants against gubernatorial interference in the working of a state assembly. The buzz is that this is not just a principled position on two vital issues, but a sign of bitter adversaries moving closer to take on a common enemy, the BJP.
Curious At IIT
Prof M Jagadesh Kumar’s appointment as the new vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University has created a lot of chatter in his parent institution — IIT-Delhi. His stint in an administrative role at the institute a little over a decade ago wasn’t exactly successful. During his time as the warden of Nilgiri hostel, the hostelers were said to be unhappy since he would often lock them out of their rooms on some pretext or the other. So much so, hostelers started boycotting the mess in protest, forcing the institute director to intervene. Apparently, this was the only time residents of Nilgiri hostel had ever boycotted the mess. Everyone on IIT-Delhi campus is apparently curious how Kumar will fare in his new assignment at JNU given his history in an administrative role there.