The frequent protests and chaos in Rajya Sabha doesn’t seem to bother Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan. Jaya, who carries a nail file in her bag, is often seen shaping her nails even as her colleagues agitate over one issue or the other.
The BJP was recently abuzz with speculation over whether Amit Shah would attend the birthday celebrations of Faridabad leader Avtar Singh Bhadana, who crossed over from the Congress some time ago. Bhadana distributed many birthday invites claiming that both Shah and Mohan Bhagwat would attend the event. In the end, neither leader turned up.
Senior police officers who attended the recently concluded conference of DGPs in Rann of Kutch had to contend with rather long days. The day began with waking up at 5 am and going for a yoga session with the PM at 6 am. Then, they would walk for half-an-hour to reach a spot from where they could witness the “magnificent sunrise” of Bhuj. Once the officers returned, a quick breakfast was followed by intense conference sessions.
Taken By Surprise
As soon as Lok Sabha proceedings began Monday, several Congress MPs got up to raise what they called important issues. Used to getting turned down by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, the MPs, led by Jyotiraditya Scindia, seemed stumped when she said, “Ji boliye. Aaj aap log jitna bolna chahein, boliye. Main nahin rokungi kisi ko (Speak as much as you like. I will not stop anybody).” As soon as she said this, Scindia and the other MPs could be seen scurrying around, as if to find an issue to talk about. MoS Kiren Rijiju was quick to point out that Scindia had come unprepared. Several other MPs from the Treasury side too took jibes at the Congress for failing to raise an issue when they were allowed to. By the time Scindia returned to his seat and got up to speak again, Mahajan pointed out that she had already asked him once and now they would have to wait till Question Hour was over.
Unlike his cabinet colleagues, Manohar Parrikar is not a regular on social networking sites. But on Saturday, the former Goa CM took to Twitter to mark the state’s liberation day — with a greeting in Marathi. Last year, on the same occasion, he had posted a similar message, but in Konkani. The last time he took to Twitter was on November 30, when he sought to clear a controversy regarding his retirement age.