THE BJP has advised its MPs, MLAs and other leaders to observe Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 66th birthday on Saturday as ‘Seva Divas’. BJP president Amit Shah has said he will participate in the Swachhata Abhiyan in Telangana. Party leaders and workers have been asked to organise blood donation camps, distribute medicines and medical equipment to poor patients in government hospitals, and conduct cleanliness drives. The Yuva Morcha activists will conduct workshops on NaMo apps, as the party wants at least five lakh people to download the app to see welfare schemes of the government.
THE APPOINTMENT of S Thirunavukkarasar as Tamil Nadu Congress president has left many party leaders unhappy. Not just because Thirunavukkarasar was earlier with the AIADMK and BJP, but, they say, his appointment has upset the delicate caste balance.
Thirunavukkarasar is from the Thevar community. K R Ramasamy, Congress Legislature Party leader, also belongs to the same community. Senior leaders are questioning the high command’s decision to give the top two posts to leaders from the same community.
They say the move will alienate the Nadar and Dalit communities, and are predicting an exodus of middle and lower-rung leaders and cadre to the BJP, whose state president is a Nadar. Congress leaders say Thevars are the AIADMK’s vote bank, and wonder how the party expects them to shift their loyalty just by appointing a person from the community as state unit president.
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WHEN HE returned to the party office after recovering from chikungunya, BJP leader Sambit Patra wore a white khadi kurta and pyjama which seemed a size too big — the sleeves of the kurta were folded to adjust the length. His party colleague, Sidharth Nath Singh, wondered if Patra had became too fearful of mosquito bites or had lost too much weight. Patra told him that when he found the kurta was too big, he called up the laundry man. The latter’s explanation was, “I must have given Laluji’s (Lalu Prasad) kurta.” Singh then advised Patra to learn to speak like Lalu.