As the contours of the future alliance in Tamil Nadu remains unclear, AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa has given hope to the Left. CPM sources said she has agreed to support the CPM candidate for the Rajya Sabha election which could be a precursor to a possible tie-up. The tenure of CPM MP T K Rangarajan comes to an end in April. The Left and the AIADMK had fought the 2009 general and the 2011 Assembly polls together, but ties between the two strained later over seat sharing in the local body elections. The Left then forged an alliance with the DMDK. With Vijayakant being wooed both by the DMK and the BJP, the Left is now looking for an alliance with the AIADMK and party leaders appeared to be confident about stitching an alliance with Jayalalithaa for the Lok Sabha elections. She had last year supported CPI leader D Raja in his re-election to the Rajya Sabha. Having decided to forge state-level alliances and not hoist a national level front, the CPM is also in talks with Nitish Kumar in Bihar, Mulayam Singh Yadav in UP and Naveen Patnaik in Orissa.
JOKE’S ON AAP
A day after Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal called off his dharna claiming victory for forcing the government to send two police officials on leave, Congressmen were poking fun at his claims. “It is immaterial Delhi cops were already on leave or sent on leave under pressure. Question is they are on leave with or without pay?” tweeted AICC general secretary in charge of Delhi Shakeel Ahmed. The Congress leader was obviously seeking to drive home the point that Kejriwal had achieved little as the two police officials had already gone on leave before AAP leader Yogendra Yadav met the Lt Governor to secure a compromise formula.
IN RS RACE
With the Congress being in a position to bag one of the three Rajya Sabha seats from Madhya Pradesh in next month’s elections, the names of newly appointed state Congress chief Arun Yadav and All India Mahila Congress chief Shobha Oza are doing the rounds as the party’s possible candidate. Although the party is also said to be hunting for a credible minority candidate, sources said Yadav and Oza are the frontrunners. What is perplexing is that Yadav is under consideration despite the fact that he is already a Lok Sabha MP from Khandwa. Oza, on the other hand, had unsuccessfully contested the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh in 2008.
VACANCY AT CVC
The top post of vigilance commissioner in Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is up for grabs and this time non-IPS officers have also thrown in their hat in the ring for the job which was primarily considered to be the bastion of IPS officers. The five top contenders whose names have been shortlisted by the DoPT are Ajay Chadha, former ITBP chief; Rajiv Kumar, former CISF chief; Law Secretary P K Malhotra; and former IAS officers Anshu Vaish and D K Sikri. The names have been sent for vigilance clearance and a final decision will be taken by the selection panel headed by the PM.