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The others leaders of UPA regime like Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid and Manish Tewari have gone back to practice law.

By: Express News Service | Published: June 30, 2014 12:16:58 am

Back to Bar
M Veerappa Moily is the latest to join the list of former Union ministers of the UPA regime who have gone back to practice law, the others being Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid and Manish Tewari. The former Law Minister will open his law office, Moily Law Associates, on Monday near Safdarjung Hospital. He already has an office in Bangalore. None of these Union ministers has heard anything from either Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi since the party’s drubbing in the polls and they are, therefore, banking on their alternative skill to keep themselves busy and financially secure.

Creating an identity
Having received flak for being “absent and unseen” in the last general election, the Mahila Congress seems to be working on an image makeover. It is close to finalising a logo for itself and has roped in a private firm to design the same. A clenched fist with three bangles — representing the tricolour — is the favourite design as of now. Mahila Congress chief Shobha Oza may soon consult senior colleagues to finalise the design.

Doubt over debt
After the change of regime at the Centre, many in the bureaucracy are wondering about the fate of the UPA government’s ambitious Direct Benefits Transfer scheme. It is based on Aadhaar which the BJP had in the past opposed. Given that the scheme had already been rolled out in over a 100 districts and was being monitored by high-level committees headed by the Prime Minister, it remains to be seen if the current government will revive the close monitoring mechanisms and high powered committees to oversee it.

CPM tweeting again
The CPM, which had retreated from social media platforms like Twitter after the setback it received in the Lok Sabha polls, seems to have found its energy back. The party had stopped tweeting for over a month after May 16 — the day of the verdict — but has got back into action in the last week. Rail fare hike, price rise and the FYUP controversy have been its favourite topics on Twitter. Party members, however, say it was mere logistical issues that threw its Twitter campaign off track for a while, and the timing was a mere coincidence.

Cyber tracking
IN keeping with the new government’s stress on social media, the Railways has finally officially entered Facebook. A few officials from the Railway Ministry are managing the page with updates about the minister and other activities. As it happens with new entrants to the social media, the page, which represents the fourth largest railway network in world carrying more than the population of Australia every day, has only 250 likes yet. Officials are asking friends, families and everyone they collide with to go and like the page so that the followers’ count could befit the stature of the transport behemoth.

Party lessons
Though the BJP’s two-day training camp was meant for the party’s first-time MPs to get an orientation in parliamentary politics, there were a few non-first timers who deemed it fit to attend it to get a grounding in BJP’s ideology as they had joined the party only ahead of elections. One of the faces visible at Surajkund camp was former Congress leader and second-term Lok Sabha MP Jagdambika Pal, who attended the first day’s session to get a tutorial in the BJP’s core beliefs.

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