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wielding the pen

With food security ordinance in place,Food Minister K V Thomas is a relaxed man nowadays. He is back to writing and no prize guessing what

Wielding the pen

With food security ordinance in place,Food Minister K V Thomas is a relaxed man nowadays. He is back to writing and no prize guessing what. He is busy finishing his book on Sonia Gandhi. It is a translation of Thomas’s own book in Malayalam titled Sonia Priyankari,published some years ago. The English edition is titled Sonia Priyankari: The beloved of the masses. Union Minister Shashi Tharoor will be writing the foreword of the book. Thomas is also working on another book,which is a collection of short biographies of personalities who have influenced his life — right from his school teacher to some political bigwigs.

MAKEN’S MEN

Thanks to his growing proximity with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi,chairman of the AICC Communications department Ajay Maken seems to have got some discretionary powers in the Congress now. Last week,an AICC release declared a list of “spokespersons” who would be visiting states to put forth the party’s views on issues like food security ordinance. While four of them are official spokespersons,three others including Randeep Surjewala,Mukesh Nayak,and Prem Chandra Mishra never figured on the list of 36 designated spokespersons of the party. But they have been known to be close to Maken since his NSUI-Youth Congress days. Don’t be surprised if you see people leaving the Congress headquarters with The Beatles on their lips — “I get by with a little help from my friends….”

HIGH-LEVEL TOUR

There were several firsts in Defence Minister A K Antony’s recent visit to China earlier this month. Not only was it his first visit to China,it was also the first time that Beijing was visited by two top officers who will take over command of the Army and the Navy next year. Eastern Army Commander Lt General Dalbir Singh and Southern Naval Commander Vice-Admiral Satish Soni were part of the official delegation. Both are tipped to be the next chiefs of their respective forces. The last time Antony took along future chiefs for a bilateral visit was when he visited the US.

RAISING THE VIGIL

Newly appointed Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami wants to keep an eye on everything related to his ministry. He has asked all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to prepare a daily report on any news item concerning their force. This report,which has to be compiled on a daily basis,has to be submitted to Goswami’s office. The report should also contain the details of the source or the department from where the news was supposedly generated. It appears

to be a classic case of shooting the

messenger.

POWER SHIFT

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The RSS appears to have made a successful attempt to dismantle the stranglehold of BJP’s so-called Delhi Club from calling the shots in the party’s day-to-day affairs. While the BJP parliamentary board is the apex authority to take decisions on crucial matters,it was the BJP core group that used to take calls on issues of the day. The informal meetings of the core group,consequently,gave a major say to party leaders almost permanently stationed in Delhi. It emerges that BJP president Rajnath Singh,who took over early this year,has disbanded the BJP core group. That explains the increasing frequency of BJP parliamentary board meetings. The parliamentary board,which used to meet rarely,will be meeting for the third time this month on July 18 merely to take in-house decisions regarding assigning responsibilities for poll preparations to party leaders.