ON THE DEFENSIVE
THE central leadership of the BJP has tried to distance itself from the decision to let controversial politician D P Yadav share stage with party chief Amit Shah at a poll rally in Haryana, and claimed that it was a ‘goof-up’ on part of the local leaders. But this is not the first time it has become evident that Yadav has a few close and influential friends in the BJP. Earlier this year, a section of the party had tried to push his case for nomination as candidate from the Sambhal or Badaun constituency for the Lok Sabha elections. At that time, vehement opposition from the state unit had blocked such a decision.
NOT to be left behind in the entire Swacch Bharat exercise, the University Grants Commission has decided to administer the “Swacch Shapath” to all its employees in its parking area on October 2. In a circular issued on Wednesday, the UGC has directed all its employees to “actively participate in the pledge-taking ceremony”, following which cleaning activities will be carried out by the employees “in a participatory manner”. The commission has asked all bureau heads to ensure the presence of all employees of their respective bureaus. A copy of the pledge has also been circulated.
IN THE LOOP
TWEAKING the existing rules, the Narendra Modi government has decided that chief ministers and other ministers in state governments will now have to inform the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of External Affairs about their proposed foreign visits, both official and private. Till now, the CMs and state ministers were only required to keep the Prime Minister’s Office informed about their foreign visits. Now, they would have to inform the MEA not just while seeking political clearance but also about detailed travel plans till they return.
MANY spokespersons of the BJP have successful professional careers and some of them are now finding it difficult to juggle their profession with their role as spokespersons. While Meenakshi Lekhi and M J Akbar have had to reduce their time for their respective professions, Sambit Patra, a successful surgeon, has brought down the number of surgeries in his Kamala Nagar clinic to four or five in a week. Nalin Kohli, on the other hand, has resumed going to the courts which he had stopped during the elections. Kohli, who is trained in semi-classical Indian music, is also said to be considering new ventures in music. Patra, also an accomplished vocalist, has recorded recitations of “Mahishasura mardini sthrortham” and “Durga Sapatasathi path” and put them on Twitter for the devotees to listen to during the Navratri days.