Having denied him a Lok Sabha ticket from New Delhi, the BJP is trying to keep former Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy in good humour. BJP president Rajnath Singh Sunday announced a ‘Strategic Action Committee for 2014 Lok Sabha Election’ which will work under Swamy. While the announcement did not elaborate the committee’s exact role and responsibilities, Swamy has been assigned two new high-profile inductees — jouranlist M J Akbar and former RAW chief Sanjeev Tripathi — as members to assist him in the task.
TIMING IT RIGHT
The BJP will release its manifesto on April 3, 2014 at 10 am during the auspicious Navaratri period. While the initial plan was to release it on March 31, the day the Hindu New Year begins, it was postponed to ensure that the party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi announces it. Modi is busy touring the country for the 185 Bharat Vijay rallies to cap his party’s last round of election campaign.
THE OTHER FIGHT
As Arvind Kejriwal prepares to take on Narendra Modi in Varanasi amid a busy schedule of roadshows in various states, Kumar Vishwas, the AAP nominee to take on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, is said to be upset that the party has left him on his own. He has told the party that it is not fair that Kejriwal has not even bothered to visit the VIP constituency despite the fact that in a way it was he whose name was first announced as a nominee by the party.
Khushwant Singh had quite a few admirers in Pakistan too and that became clear this week when four former Pakistan high commissioners sent a joint tribute to his family at the Sujan Singh Park residence. Former Pakistan envoys Humayun Khan, Riaz Khokhar, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi and Aziz Ahmad Khan conveyed their message for “Sardar Khushwant Singh”, who passed away recently. They said for among the many things what he will be remembered for was his love for Pakistan, the land of his birth.
Generally a political appointee waits for a government to bow out before tendering his resignation. However, in what could set a new trend, the Union government’s senior-most law officer for Uttar Pradesh — Additional Solicitor General K C Kaushik — has resigned from his post almost two months before the new government takes over. While his resignation doesn’t spell out the reasons for the sudden move, there are indications that the lawyer, who is also related to former law minister Hans Raj Bhardwaj, may canvass for some Congress nominees. Kaushik has also held the post of secretary of the Supreme Court Bar Association for many years.