For many years, Tiwari was perceived as potential prime ministerial material just in case the Congress were to look for someone from beyond the dynasty. He had everything working in his favour — mass appeal in the Hindi heartland, Brahmin roots, education, proven administrative competence and wide acceptability.
Announcing the appointment in New Delhi, Tyagi said that Kishor’s “expertise and experience would take the party to new heights”, and help the JD(U) reach out to social segments other than the traditional (OBC) support base.
While both Khanduri and Mishra are among the senior BJP leaders who have been sidelined by the present dispensation, the development signals another setback for the former. For Mishra, though, it is a consolation of sorts.
During the 1989 national executive meeting at Palampur, when the BJP, at the instance of the RSS, resolved to join the Ram Janmabhoomi movement led by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Vajpayee steered clear of the plan.
Harivansh Narayan Singh is the first JD(U) man to be picked up by the BJP dispensation for a job at the Centre in the backdrop of a long-held grouse of Nitish that even while he had given a full representation to the BJP in his government, the other side had not reciprocated it at the Centre.
While the Congress lauded Rahul’s “unscripted” gesture, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the “drama” was against Parliament decorum, while Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the hug reminded him of the Chipko Movement in Uttarakhand.
The TDP, which is scheduled to face an Assembly election along with the Lok Sabha polls early next year, used the no-confidence motion to take to the people the party’s demand for special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
Karnataka Election Results 2018: Two Commissions headed by SC judges have laid down a framework for the Governor’s actions; there are precedents in decisions taken by Presidents. But Governors have of late used their discretion differently.