Arun Jaitley may be missing his daily round of the Lodi Gardens, but his friends from the morning walk have returned to his side. With Jaitley slowly getting back to his daily routine after a second visit to the hospital, his friends have started coming to his 2, Krishna Menon Marg residence. A small group visited him recently after their walk in Lodi Gardens and found that Jaitley had also resumed walking — both in the morning and in the evening — on the 600-metre track built around the lawn behind his residence. Some of them have even decided to start walking with him there.
The Rural Development Ministry had almost finished preparing for the launch of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana when it received a request from the office of M Venkaiah Naidu saying that he also wanted to be a part of the programme. Naidu’s office apparently said that since the scheme involved parliamentarians, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister should also be a part of it. This became a cause of worry for officials in the Rural Development Ministry since it meant posters, advertisements and invitations would have had to be redone. However, they were spared the effort, thanks to intervention from the PM, who asked Naidu to join the election campaign in Maharashtra.
Several important appointments to fill up vacancies in Prasar Bharati and the Central Board of Film Certification are hanging fire because the Information and Broadcasting Ministry is scouting for eligible candidates who can ensure that both bodies have representatives from across the country, especially the Northeast. While Prasar Bharati is currently functioning without a chairperson and six of its eight members, the censor board, too, is waiting to get a new chairperson and members. The government requirements have ensured that those responsible for
shortlisting the names of eligible candidates have a tough task at hand.
A group of women Congress leaders from Punjab landed at the Congress headquarters on Monday raising slogans against the party’s national women’s wing chief Shobha Oza. The grievance: Oza’s decision to appoint Kittu Grewal as Mahila Congress chief of Punjab. Grewal had contested against the official Congress candidate from Adampur in the 2012 Assembly elections after which she was expelled from the party for six years. Grewal’s expulsion, it is learnt, has not been revoked yet, and the Punjab leaders of the Congress were “stunned” by Oza’s decision. Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa is learnt to have sent a strongly-worded letter to the Congress president on the issue. As protests unfolded outside, Oza was holding an official Congress briefing in the conference room.