Gated community

It is the season of a coal-block allocation scam and the JPC report in Parliament

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 30, 2013 1:56:02 am

It is the season of a coal-block allocation scam and the JPC report in Parliament. But for Telangana MPs,no issue is bigger than their statehood demand. As Parliament continues to be disrupted,five Lok Sabha MPs from Telangana,all belonging to the Congress,took to a unique way of protesting Monday. G Vivek,Ponnam Prabhakar,Sudhender Reddy,S Rajaiah and Manda Jagannathan parked themselves on the stairs of Gate No. 1,making it their home for 48 hours. As evening rolled in,bed rolls and pillows were spread out. Dinner was served on the staircase itself,for the five MPs and a few sympathisers. As they prepared for sleep under the open sky,the helpful parliamentary staff made arrangements for a cooler and a pedestal fan.

Making a Point

WHILE Monday’s all-party meeting convened by the Lok Sabha Speaker was aimed at ending the logjam in Parliament,the Trinamool Congress did not miss the opportunity to raise its pet subject — a financial package for West Bengal. Sudip Bandyopadhyay,TMC leader in Lok Sabha,is learnt to have demanded that the Prime Minister must come clean on the matter as the Centre had assured the state government and its Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee so many times in the past. He said if Parliament starts functioning,TMC would raise the matter over and over again in the House as well. While no assurance from government was forthcoming on Monday,TMC leaders were happy to have forced its attention on the matter.

Educational Interest

WHEN Analjit Singh was appointed chairman of Board of Governors of IIT Roorkee,most thought the founder of Max India would hardly have any time for the institute considering his hectic corporate engagements. Singh,however,has surprised all. Not only does he take keen interest in the IIT,it is learnt that he has also taken to visiting the institute almost on a monthly basis. The monthly visits in fact have to do with his allied educational interests. Singh also happens to be chairman of Board of Governors of Doon School,his alma mater.

Wild Optimism

WHILE the BJP is banking on the charisma of Narendra Modi to offset the influence of B S Yeddyurappa in the Bombay-Karanataka region,the Congress is behaving as if it has already grabbed the Assembly seats in the area. Modi,BJP’s trump card,is slated to visit Belgaum on Thursday. But,if Sanjay Nirupam,Congress’s in-charge for the region,is to be believed,the Gujarat CM will have no impact because the people have already decided to vote for the Congress. “In the last 10 days,I have travelled about 4,800 km in the region,and at most places people don’t even know who Modi is,” Nirupam claims.Incidentally,Congress had won just 11 of the 50 Assembly seats in the region in the last elections.

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