By the time Sushma Swaraj left Parliament to meet the relatives of Sarabjit Singh,it was too late. Information came that the family had left for Amritsar. But by then,Rahul Gandhi had spent about an hour with them. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde too had called on them. Swaraj had to return disappointed.
ON Thursday,20 students from Naxal-affected Narayanpur in Chhattisgarh met Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde as part of a CRPF-organised visit. As a gift,Shinde gave each a pocket-size dictionary. The students soon realised the gifts would be of little use. The dictionaries were all English-to-Hindi,while they were pursuing their education in Hindi.
IN the just-concluded nationwide election to railway unions,the Trinamool Congress,which had occupied Railway Bhawan since 2009,suffered a setback,failing to score big anywhere in the eastern zone in West Bengal. What has left the party red-faced is its defeat in Kachrapara,hometown of former railway minister Mukul Roy who likes to be seen as the number two in Trinamool. When Mamata Banerjee was railway minister,she had announced a coach-making unit in Kachrapara. But it seems the effort had not been enough. Across the 17 zones,the Left and the Congress-affiliated unions dominated as usual.
LAW Minister Ashwani Kumar had hoped to get some sympathy and support when he met the Congress spokespersons Wednesday,in an effort to explain his action of summoning the CBI Director and ordering changes in the status report of coal scam probe. Not only were his party colleagues unconvinced by his arguments,they were said to have been put off by his insistence that he had committed no impropriety. In fact,Kumar kept on claiming he was collateral damage and that the main target of this controversy was someone else. One minister is learnt to have ticked him off for trying to take this plea.