Feelers from AAP
Is Dinesh Trivedi joining Aam Aadmi Party? It is learnt that Trivedi has got feelers from the AAP whose top-level functionaries have “unofficially” invited him to join. While Trivedi has not said yes, he has not said no either. But the buzz is gaining ground because Trivedi’s personal rapport with some of the top AAP members goes back a long way. Trivedi has sat in dharna with Arvind Kejriwal against dilution of RTI in 2005 and Prashant Bhushan has fought Trivedi’s case free of cost in Supreme Court for greater transparency in governance. Trivedi had also offered to resign from his post as MoS Health in 2011 when the anti-graft movement took off. But TMC sources said Mamata has cleared his name to fight from Barrackpore constituency in Bengal and as of now, there is no indication in the party that he will not contest on a TMC ticket.
Wth Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily refusing to yield to his party colleagues’ wish to increase the cap on subsidised LPG cylinders from 9 to 12 per household per annum, Congress leaders have decided to mount further pressure on him. A delegation of Congress MPs including Sanjay Nirupam, P C Chacko, Sandeep Dikshit, Pratap Singh Bajwa and Mahabal Mishra will meet Moily on Friday to demand an enhancement in the cooking gas cylinders’ quota. According to Nirupam, he along with other parliamentarians would meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi to seek her intervention if the Petroleum Minister does not concede. The issue of LPG cylinders’ quota had earlier been raised by senior party leader Ambika Soni at the recent meeting of party chief ministers. Official sources said Moily is not in a mood to oblige his party colleagues as of now.
A CBI sleuth probing the VVIP chopper scam has been transferred out of Delhi and has been posted at Chandigarh. Ram Singh, a CBI cadre officer, is among 14 deputy superintendents of police who were shifted by CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Thursday. Singh, who also probed several defence-related scams, including Barak missile case and defence dealer Abhishek Verma, had been shifted to another branch last year.
Eyes on Mahatma
After Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday dropped hints to corner Congress over the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. While Modi appealed to NRIs at Pravasi Bhartiya Divas to spread a word about his “Statue of Unity” project to commemorate Sardar Patel among Indian diaspora across the world, the BJP leader suggested the need to commemorate the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa next year in a befitting manner. While Union minister Vyalar Ravi patiently heard his suggestion, the prime ministerial hopeful went on to offer that Gujarat would be ready to host the next edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas to mark the centenary celebration of Mahatma’s return to India.