The summers are here and everyone’s heading to the hills. The RSS bigwigs are no different, even if it’s for so-called spiritual reasons. BJP Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay and some of the Sangh faithful recently returned from one such trip to Nanda Devi, a “journey to the heavens”, no less. It was part of the ‘jan dev darshan yatra’, flagged off by the party boss Nitin Gadkari. Vijay and the team are also expected to produce a report on the facilities/infrastructure needed for next year’s Nanda Devi raj jat yatra. For those interested in more info, keep track of Vijay who, freshly returned from the “heavens”, can be found in the grime of Delhi.
For all their socialist credentials, the Yadavs do strike a discordant note. If father Mulayam has a tough job dealing with the disproportionate assets case against him, son Akhilesh tries his best to appear as one with the aam masses. Many tracking the latter during his cycle yatras recall how he worked hard to mask the manufacturer’s logo on his BMW cycle. But this gulf has not dampened public enthusiasm, the latest instance being a noted Malihabad horticulturist who’s named a mango variety ‘Akhilesh’ for the tree’s capability to bear fruit at a very young age. With his CM career just beginning and many pitfalls becoming apparent, it just may be a tad too early to celebrate.
Tongue stuck firmly between cheeks, CM J. Jayalalitha recently compared herself to the human tongue, the same that manages to survive the constant threat of getting caught in a bite. A graphic description, “The tongue is surrounded by 32 teeth, ready to bite down at any time. However, throughout its life-time, the tongue manages to stay clear and performs its duties successfully. I am in a similar position. Opposition leaders are waiting for me to make a small mistake, TV channels are waiting for an opportunity to blow up a blooper to boost TRP ratings. Meanwhile, the Centre wants Tamil Nadu to fail for if it flourishes Jayalalitha will become a major force. Despite these odds, I successfully run the government with the available resources.” So now we know how Amma keeps her tongue razor- sharp.
As if there weren’t enough contenders already, here’s author Shobha De telling us who she thinks should be Rashtrapati next. De’s candidate is industrialist-turned-social activist Anu Aga. Well, the lady’s a Padmashri awardee, is an NAC member and is always involved in social causes, so she has street cred. President Agha, anyone?
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