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Senior BJP leader L K Advani’s praise for UPA’s flagship rural employment guarantee scheme,MNREGS,at the UN last week had Congressmen smiling back home

Written by Express News Service | Published: October 16, 2012 12:20:12 am

Senior BJP leader L K Advani’s praise for UPA’s flagship rural employment guarantee scheme,MNREGS,at the UN last week had Congressmen smiling back home,but,for a change,the ruling party refrained from trying to gain any political mileage out of it. Party strategists were of the view that it would be “improper” to politicise the “proper and statesmanlike conduct” of Advani on foreign soil. Party spokespersons were,therefore,directed not to even talk about it.

Dynastic Jinx

Congressmen are uneasy about the emergence of what they call a ‘Bahuguna dynasty’ in the party. The late H N Bahuguna’s daughter Rita Bahuguna Joshi,in her capacity as PCC chief,had presided over the party’s debacle in the last Uttar Pradesh Assembly election,while her brother Shekhar had lost his deposit as Congress candidate from Phaphamau Assembly constituency in Allahabad. The third sibling,Vijay Bahuguna,though a relatively political lightweight,trumped veteran leaders like Harish Rawat to become the chief minister of Uttarakhand. But what caused further disgruntlement in the Congress was the top leadership’s decision to yield to the chief minister’s insistence on fielding his son Saket in the Lok Sabha bypoll for Tehri seat that was vacated by him. Saket ended up losing the election.

Confluence of Thought

‘Secularism’ and ‘social harmony’ seem to be the buzzword of the BJP these days. After L K Advani and Nitin Gadkari,it was the turn of firebrand Hindutva leader Uma Bharti to see the virtues of ‘social harmony’ at a public gathering. On her Save Ganga campaign,which she started from West Bengal,Bharti was in Bhagalpur in Bihar a few days back where the theme of her public speech was about unifying the differences between communities. Needless to say,she stressed that the Ganga river was one such unifying element. The gathering was organised by BJP MP Shahnawaz Hussain,who represents Bhagalpur in the Lok Sabha.

Crossword puzzle

Russian deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin has always created a flutter with his unusual choice of words. Faced with questions on Russia’s proximity with Pakistan,Rogozin said Moscow was always cooperating with India to ensure the safety of the region and has never created trouble for New Delhi. “If someone says otherwise,spit in his face,” he told journalists in Delhi on Sunday. Rogozin,in August this year,had in response to Madonna’s support of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot during her tour in Russia,written on his Twitter account in Russian,“With age,every former ‘w.’ tries to lecture on morality to everyone. Especially during foreign tours and concerts”. The reference was widely understood to mean a denigration of Madonna. Even though Rogozin later claimed that that could be understood as “goddess” or “ballerina”.

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