President Pranab Mukherjee’s plane developed a “minor” technical snag, because of which he had to return midway from his flight to Chennai to attend the funeral of J Jayalalithaa. The plane was repaired and the President flew again after some time. His office tweeted a picture of him inside the plane.
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi was at the RSS headquarters on Tuesday to offer lessons in cashless transactions. About 100-odd RSS functionaries attended the session conducted by Lekhi and some experts she had brought with her. The swayamsevaks, who are used to dealing mostly in cash, were told how to use mobile and internet applications for buying groceries and other items. For Lekhi, this was not the first such exercise. In the last few days, she has addressed other groups as well. She has apparently prepared a special training module in Hindi for this purpose.
A tiny storm was in the making over the participation of BJP MP Kirti Azad in an annual cricket match between parliamentarians and journalists that was scheduled over the weekend. Azad, whose relations with the BJP have been rocky, had been left out last year, but this time a senior BJP leader from Delhi reportedly reached out to him to say that he would part of the team. However, Azad had no formal word about his inclusion from BCCI president Anurag Thakur, who also happens to captain the MPs’ team. Azad’s name was apparently absent from the team that was finally drawn up. However, the match itself was cancelled following the demise of J Jayalalithaa.
The efficiency with which the Tamil Nadu administration managed the potentially volatile situation following the announcement of J Jayalalithaa’s death has surprised many. A few leaders from the state, however, recalled that this was not the first time widely expected disturbances had been averted. The arrest of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on corruption charges in June 2001, and that of Sankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam in November 2004 on charges of murder, had taken place without any major disturbances. Both those arrests, carried out during Jayalalithaa’s rule, happened late in the night, just like the announcement of Jayalalithaa’s death on Monday.