He may have been a Congressman all his life but Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh seems to have developed a soft spot for the BJP lately.
Some MPs from opposition parties were taken by surprise earlier this week when Singh approached them to say that they should let legislative business happen in the House. Interestingly, Singh’s son Ajatshatru joined the BJP recently.
While the Opposition is united in disrupting the proceedings in the Lok Sabha to corner the government over Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s remark, the 37 MP-strong AIADMK has been keeping a distance. The buzz is that party chief J Jayalalithaa has not made up her mind yet on whether or not to condemn the government on the issue. So far, the party MPs don’t seem to have received any directions from Chennai.
The newly appointed joint secretary in charge of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Dilip Kumar and his senior additional secretary Rajiv Gauba, who deal with the issue in the Home Ministry, were not included in the team that went with Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Chhattisgarh after the Sukma encounter. Instead, in the time of crisis, the ministry contacted senior security advisor (LWE) K Vijay Kumar, who headed the delegation along with special secretary Prakash Mishra. Incidentally, LWE does not fall under Mishra’s work allocation, and Kumar had been staying in Chennai for the past two months, apparently because his views were not being taken seriously in the ministry.
The Youth Congress on Friday organised an alumni meet to bring together all its former presidents and office-bearers over a cup of tea. For a party going through a particularly difficult time, a get together of old and young seemed like a perfect way to boost morale. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi attended the event. But many former presidents were missing. Ghulam Nabi Azad was campaigning in Jammu and Kashmir. Ambika Soni was absent, as were Ramchandra Rath, Gurudas Kamat and Mukul Wasnik. The first president, P R Dasmunsi, has been in hospital for years, while the fifth president Tariq Anwar is now in the NCP.