THE Congress may have received a battering in the recent elections but party president Sonia Gandhi does not seem to have lost her political flourish. After a rally in Meham in Haryana on Saturday — her first for these assembly elections — a visibly tired Sonia decided to do an impromptu act to connect with the audience. Having finished her 10-minute-long speech, the Congress president got off the dais and took two laps of the open space between the dais and audience, waving to the crowds and smiling at them. The audience, meanwhile, greeted her gesture with an excited response.
IT may have been a long weekend for government servants thanks to a string of holidays, but those in the Rural Development Ministry had no such luck. The bureaucrats in the ministry barely have had time to sit back, leave alone enjoy the holiday. Everyone in the ministry was working through the holidays to prepare for the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana on October 11, finalising every single detail to make sure everything goes off smoothly.
HOME Minister Rajnath Singh, who visited Nepal last month to attend a SAARC meeting, has a few more international engagements coming up. He is expected to attend the 83rd Interpol Assembly in Monaco where ministers from more than 100 countries are likely to come. This trip is being watched keenly because Singh is likely to spell out his government’s strategy for engagement with Interpol and other law enforcement agencies. In the same month, Singh is to travel to Israel as well to attend a defence expo that is held there annually.
THE MISSING NAME
WITH the date of retirement of the present CBI director Ranjit Sinha coming closer, the names of his likely successor have started doing the rounds. A panel of three names has apparently already been drawn up. The names are those of Abhayanand, former DGP of Bihar, NIA DG Sharad Kumar, and Anil Sinha, currently posted with the CBI. Interestingly, Prakash Mishra, Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry, does not figure in the list. Mishra, who was DGP of Orissa before coming to the Home Ministry, was being considered one of the contenders for the post. In fact, the Orissa government, which removed him from the DGP’s post apparently because he refused to toe its line during the Lok Sabha elections, was said to be uncomfortable at the prospect of Mishra becoming the CBI chief. Incidentally, Mishra still has three years to go for retirement, which means he can have another shot at the post two years from now.