While Union Minister Jaipal Reddy,who is said to be a strong contender for the coveted chief ministers post in the yet-to-be-decided-and-created state of Telangana,is said to be lobbying for the inclusion of Anantpur and Kurnool districts in the new state,if and when it is carved out of Andhra Pradesh,Congressmen from the region say the inclusion of these districts would lead to the domination of the Reddy community in Telangana.
Laying the foundation
UNION Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has been busy laying foundation stones these days. He will be the chief guest Thursday at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of a CRPF group centre at Trisundi village in Amethi. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been invited as special guest. Last week,Shinde was in Alwar,laying the foundation stone for a CRPF mahila battalion base. Alwar happens to be the Lok Sabha constituency of Rahuls close aide Jitendra Singh. Incidentally,Shindes deputy,R P N Singh,will also be present at the Amethi event as a special invitee.
Crossing the Line
LAST Monday,Rahul Gandhi told Congress spokespersons at a conclave that they should not cross the party line and should refrain from peddling their individual views. Emerging from the session,AICC spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary told reporters that Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmads tweet linking Indian Mujahideens creation with the 2002 Gujarat riots was not the party line. Sources said there was no such brief from the party and Chowdhary just made the statement,forcing the party to do some damage control. Later,Raj Babbar said Ahmad was a man of depth and argued that if a serious person like him says something,it should be seen in its totality.
CULTURE Minister Chandresh Kumari Katochs PS Shubha Sarma has recently turned author. The 1999-batch Orissa-cadre IAS officer has just published her first book a collection of short stories titled Fly on the Wall. Interestingly,former culture minister Kumari Seljas PS,Haryana-cadre officer G Anupama Kumar,had joined a course on art appreciation at the National Museum while in office.
WITH elections coming up in Bangladesh,Dhaka is keen that India ratifies the India-Bangladesh land boundary agreement. So much so that Bangladesh foreign minister Dipu Moni,who will be in Delhi Thursday to deliver a lecture organised by Observer Research Foundation,has sought a meeting with Leader of Opposition in RS Arun Jaitley. Her effort,insiders say,is to convince the BJP leadership to let the constitutional amendment be passed. It may be noted that Moni shares a healthy rapport with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. Her husband and Khurshid have been friends since their days in Oxford.