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Sreedharan for President

It was only a matter of time before the India Against Corruption team also proposed a candidate for the presidential election

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 3, 2012 12:20:32 am

Sreedharan for President

It was only a matter of time before the India Against Corruption team also proposed a candidate for the presidential election. The IAC has endorsed the name of Delhi Metro’s former chief E Sreedharan for the post. Sreedharan’s name has been doing the rounds on Twitter. On Wednesday,the IAC tweeted in support of his name and so did IAC member Kiran Bedi on her individual Twitter account.

Letter of the Law

IT was Law Minister Salman Khurshid’s letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi that started the speculation about prominent ministers wanting to quit government to work for the party. As it turns out,Khurshid had written a similar letter to Rahul Gandhi as well. Only,in this one he expressed his desire to work for the organisation without offering to give up his ministerial portfolio.

Poetic Licence

WHILE arguing in favour of easing procedures for divorce,Yogendra Trivedi,NCP member in Rajya Sabha,quoted Sahir Ludhianvi — “Taalluk boajh ban jaye to usako todana achcha,vo afsana jise anjaam tak laana na ho mumkin,use ek khubsurat mod de kar chhodana achcha” — to make his point that it is better to help troubled couples make a new beginning. To this,BJP leader Najma Heptullah got up to mischievously point out that Sahir’s lines were meant for girlfriends,not wives. An unperturbed Trivedi,however,shot back that his “knowledge of girlfriends is a little less”,and continued with his speech.

Watching Brief

THE comprehensive victory in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections seems to have emboldened many second-rung Samajwadi Party leaders to speak out of turn on behalf of the party. And it doesn’t seem to be going down well with the senior leadership. Recently,three leaders — Shahid Siddiqui,Kiranmoy Nanda,and Kamal Farooqui — spoke their minds on the upcoming presidential election,without checking with the senior leadership. A party veteran and trusted lieutenant of Mulayam Singh Yadav has now sent out the message that they are being watched. This leader gave the example of the ‘outspoken’ Amar Singh and warned that others might also meet the same fate if they don’t stop speaking on matters which are best left for ‘Netaji’ (Mulayam) to address.


IN AN apparent bid to reach out to the film industry — which has been a little miffed with her ministry following the The Dirty Picture controversy — I&B Minister Ambika Soni is reviving the tradition of hosting a felicitation dinner for the winners of the National Film Awards after the awards ceremony. The event is being held after a gap of two years but not at a five-star hotel as used to happen earlier. Instead,Soni has decided to organise the dinner at her 22,Akbar Road residence,in a clear effort to keep the costs under check.

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