Army chief General Dalbir Singh Tuesday told Army officers not to clap when in uniform. Addressing an Army event, in which the uniformed fraternity started clapping after Singh’s address, the Army Chief appealed to the officers not to clap. “Hereafter, we will maintain the decorum of not clapping in uniform,” he said. Incidentally, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, after the commander’s conference last month, had said he was under the impression that men in uniform do not clap after an address.
Move over Jayalalithaa, there is another ‘Amma’ in politics. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu amused everyone in Rajya Sabha Tuesday when he called Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury ‘Amma’. When Chowdhury asked him whether he was listening to what the opposition was saying on the Moga issue, Naidu replied, “We were listening to you, Amma.” “Amma is that side, sir. I am Akka (elder sister),” replied Chowdhury, pointing to the AIAMDK benches. Naidu explained that he had used the word ‘Amma’ out of affection and said he also calls his granddaughter that. Minutes later, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury took the discourse further. Asking the government to agree on a discussion on the Moga issue, he referred to Naidu and said, “We are calling him Anna”, which means elder brother.
A ‘Reddy-Made’ Jibe
A senior BJP leader had an analogy for an intervention by Congress deputy leader Amarinder Singh on the Moga bus molestation issue in the Lok Sabha Tuesday. The leader said Singh’s intervention was an attempt at a “Reddy-show”. He went on to explain that it was a usual practice in rural Andhra Pradesh for a drama troupe to start its play from the beginning if the local landlord — a Reddy — happened to show up late. The Lok Sabha had discussed the Moga incident last week.
On Wednesday, all BJP MPs have been invited for a breakfast meeting in the Parliament complex. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s office has ordered South Indian food from Saravana Bhavan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to drop by. Apart from good food, the MPs are also likely to be served some advice on how to improve the government’s image.