Telugu Desam president Chandrababu Naidu had just entered Krishna district as part of his padayatra when Vijayawada’s Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal decided it was literally time that he lost his shirt. Insisting that Naidu raise a ‘Jai United Andhra’ slogan, Rajagopal tried to storm the rally and submit a petition to him when he was stopped by the police. He then barricaded himself at a Congress supporter’s house and when the cops reached there, he shed his clothes and locked himself up demanding that Naidu change his stand. TV channels, as always, had a field day showing off a “disrobed” Rajagopal. Naidu, meanwhile, made a smooth entry and also managed to draw huge crowds. As they say, for a politician any publicity is good publicity.
The BJP must be thanking its stars that Nitin Gadkari didn’t swing a second term as party boss. For it was no big secret that most party leaders were not too enthused by the idea. This was evident earlier itself when talk of a national executive and national council meet had been broached. This, after all, is where the president-elect’s appointment is ratified. The usual procedure is for a party-ruled state to volunteer to host it considering the thousands of delegates that converge for the meet. Sources say both Narendra Modi in Gujarat and Manohar Parrikar in Goa had politely declined. For, validating a scam-tainted party boss isn’t exactly good PR. Thankfully, disaster was averted with Rajnath Singh bagging the post.
Mamata Banerjee, they say, is star-struck. This week she showed up for the wedding of Bengali screen legend Uttam Kumar’s grandson Gaurav, who is a television actor in the state. Didi even got herself photographed with the bride (Anindita, also a television actor) and the groom. A guest at the wedding commented that it was unusual for a CM to attend a bling-bling nuptial but added as an afterthought that it must be the Uttam Kumar connection. Which is when it was pointed out to her that Didi has been spotted at several weddings of even little known Tollywood TV actors of late. In fact, the buzz in Tollywood studios these days is that unless the chief minister makes an appearance, it’s not a wedding at all! Apparently, our desi vibes Mamatadi is quite enamoured with the glam set and likes being clicked alongside sundry actors and actresses....
As the AICC meet took off at Jaipur, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot organised a fabulous vegetarian meal, full of Rajasthani, Gujarati and even Kerala delicacies. The top leadership, from Ahmed Patel to CMs to cabinet ministers ate there, as did the media. But the Gandhis stayed away. Where was Rahul? Preparing his speech, replied a leader. He spoke soon after.
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