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Delhi confidential: Playing the odds

With TMC’s equation with the Congress likely to change after Sonia Gandhi’s comments against Mamata, the AAP-TMC axis could become more important in days to come.

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Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

It seems like an ode to the blossoming Trinamool Congress-AAP relationship that in the middle on the fierce Bengal polls, TMC chief spokesman Derek O’Brien Friday took out time to tweet about Delhi’s odd-even policy. “Rise and Shine #Delhi. Good Luck @ArvindKejriwal & team for Chapter Two #oddeven. Do what it takes,” he tweeted. With TMC’s equation with the Congress likely to change after Sonia Gandhi’s comments against Mamata, the AAP-TMC axis could become more important in days to come.

Key positions
On a day Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma dissolved the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) board, he also appointed Dr Susmita Pande, professor of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology at Ujjain’s Vikram University, as the chairperson of the National Monuments Authority, which regulates construction around ASI-protected monuments. The position had been lying vacant for five months after the term of Himanshu Prabha Ray, a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, ended.

Low-key affair
As political parties were busy celebrating Ambedkar Jayanti across the country Thursday, the scene at the Delhi headquarters of two major parties was different. The Congress did not hold even a perfunctory photo-garlanding formality at 24, Akbar Road. The BJP organised a small tribute to Ambedkar at its Ashoka Road office, attended by a handful of leaders. The reason for this muted celebration, both parties said, was that its leaders were travelling. Plus, some also pointed out that it was Durga Ashtami, a holiday, and some leaders celebrated the festival at home.