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Delhi confidential: Back in favour

Having won the floor test, Harish Rawat now has a crowd behind him, even when he faces CBI summons.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat

Back In Favour

Success usually brings doting followers. Until recently, Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat, battling a purported sting and desertion of nine MLAs, cut a lonely figure in the state. But having won the floor test, he now has a crowd behind him, even when he faces CBI summons. Rawat is scheduled to appear before the CBI on Tuesday in connection with the purported sting and the entire Uttarakhand Congress has descended on the capital. Hundreds of followers plan to accompany him to the CBI office.

Bad Luck

The government may have ordered an inquiry into power outages during MoS Piyush Goyal’s press conference last week, but BJP insiders have a different story. Goyal, according to them, had been warned that May 20 was not an auspicious day and that the first press conference to publicise the government’s achievements in the last two years should not be launched that day. But he did not pay heed to such superstitions. Now, those who believed in the ‘inauspicious day’ theory are worried about other press meets lined up as part of NDA’s second anniversary celebrations, and are now looking for upcoming auspicious days.

Short Cut

When a TV channel run by the family of Congress leader Rajiv Shukla cut short a live interview with former law minister Kapil Sibal, the Congress leadership was not too happy. The reason was that the channel, just before Sibal’s interview was to be aired, carried an interview with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. An upset Sibal, who had agreed to the interview only on being asked by the leadership, took strong exception to the decision of the channel, which tried to make amends by running his interview at least a couple of times in the next 24 hours.

In For A Fight

Last week, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh caused a furore with his “surgery” remark following the party’s assembly polls debacle. Later this week, the former Madhya Pradesh CM will get to show his own skills, having been chosen by the party to take on PM Narendra Modi in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. On May 26, the day the BJP government completes two years in office, the Congress plans to hold a series of press meets against the government. And Singh is set to lead the charge in Varanasi.

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