Deepak Chopra, a close aid of BJP stalwart L K Advani, who had served him as his private secretary when Advani was Deputy Prime Minister, has now been appointed a consultant in the Lok Sabha Secretariat. L K Advani is currently Chairman, Lok Sabha Ethics Committee, and Deepak Chopra, it is learnt, will work for him only. Chopra has been given a fee of Rs 1,25,000 per month.
The senior BJP leader is said to have been persuading Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for appointing Deepak Chopra as his personal assistant with the rank of a joint secretary.
The Chairman of Committee is entitled to a personal assistant only of an Under Secretary rank, so the Speaker was reluctant to agree to the demand. A way was finally found out by giving Chopra the post of consultant in the Secretariat.
The Unique Identification Authority of India has found itself in a peculiar situation after the disbanding of the Planning Commission, which has been replaced by the NITI Ayog. UIDAI was an attached office of the Planning Commission but since the change, it is unclear whose aegis it falls under now. Moreover, with its bill still pending, the authority, which is pioneering the Aadhaar project, continues to function without a legal backing.
The Prime Minister may have got more cheers from the Panipat crowd than a nervous Madhuri Dixit but the choice of Dixit as the mascot of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign was reportedly made by the Prime Minister’s Office itself. In his speech, the Prime Minister spoke glowingly about how the seasoned actor had left her ailing mother in an ICU bed to keep her commitment to attend the event.
Som Mandal, the managing partner of one of India’s largest law firms, is the latest entrant to the BJP. Legal circles are agog with rumours that Mandal, who is from Kolkata, is planning to contest the next Assembly elections in West Bengal on a BJP ticket. The man himself is not saying much as of now, only maintaining that he joined the BJP to work for the welfare of the people.