Former union minister Manikrao Gavit is caught in a crisis. His former official residence 38, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Marg has been allotted to BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj. The house, being the residence of a Union minister, had some office equipment installed. But with Maharaj refusing to return them, the Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ministry has turned to Gavit. The ministry has asked Gavit to “kindly arrange to return all the items which were installed/provided” at his former residence. But Maharaj insists that the department had given him a certificate that all the stuff at the residence is for his use.
It may have been one of the series of scheduled press conferences to celebrate the one year of the government but when Health Minister J P Nadda sat down to address it, he was flanked by the entire BJP top brass of Himachal Pradesh. Nadda started off on an emotional note about how sharing the stage with his former colleagues is a poignant occasion for him. Predictably, by the time Nadda started talking about the central government’s achievements, state Health Minister Thakur Kaul Singh of Congress had beaten a hasty retreat.
HRD minister Smriti Irani’s search for the right Press Information Bureau officer for her ministry seems to have come to an end. Senior PIB official Ghanshyam Goel has taken charge as Additional DG (media and communication), becoming the ministry’s fourth Information Officer since Irani took charge.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will meet British PM David Cameron at 10, Downing Street when she visits the UK next month. While her office has not accepted invitation from Labour MP Keith Vaz, the Hindujas and Vedanta’s Anil Aggarwal, she will meet business delegations. A surprise inclusion in her entourage is first time MP and Bangla actor Dipak Adhikary.