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Delhi Confidential: Playing safe

The BJP central unit immediately turned down the offer and asked him not to bother.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 5, 2015 12:36:08 am

Placed in a delicate situation in the Delhi polls, the BJP is not taking any chances with its controversial leaders. Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj, who has been served a show-cause notice by the party for his controversial remarks, reached Delhi Wednesday, apparently all prepared to offer his services to help the BJP campaign. His personal aides called up the BJP office to inform that he was available for campaigning. The BJP central unit immediately turned down the offer and asked him not to bother.

On a day Home Secretary Anil Goswami was answering tough questions from his boss Rajnath Singh before being sacked, his office was carrying out a routine cleaning operation. The staff of the Home Secretary, currently occupying a makeshift office because of renovation being carried out in the regular office, spent most of the day shredding heaps of papers and old files. The shredding had, in fact, started Tuesday evening. Goswami was sacked Wednesday evening for allegedly trying to interfere in the CBI probe in the Saradha scam.

While the North-East population in Delhi is being wooed by both BJP and AAP, Congress is silently working to regain the trust of one of its traditional vote banks, the so-called Purvanchalis, hailing from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh. The South Indian community is also being courted. So, Sanjay Nirupam is one of the star campaigners and so is film star Nagma, who is now a top Bhojpuri actor. Tamil actor Khushboo, who recently joined Congress, is also a top attraction. Nirupam addressed public meetings in Karawal Nagar, Badarpur and Vishwas Nagar. A team of Bihar Congress leaders, led by state chief Ashok Choudhary, is also here to reach out to the people from the state.

Wives of at least two BJP leaders are among the frontrunners for the post of director, National Book Trust, for which interviews were conducted Wednesday. Vatsala Joshi, wife of Mahendra Pande, and Rita Choudhary, wife of Chandra Mohan Potwari, are said to be leading contenders. Pande was working as organisation secretary in Himachal Pradesh and is presently in Delhi. Potwari was associated with AGP and joined BJP last year, contesting the Lok Sabha election from Barpeta. While Vatsala works as personal staff of a Union minister, Rita is a Sahitya Academy Award winning Assamese author. Interestingly, the minister with whom Vatsala is working is said to have recommended the name of other candidate. There are 19 candidates in fray.

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