The RSS finds itself in unexpected trouble in MP. And all because the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government organised a four-day saffron shivir on the premises of an accused in the professional education board (PEB) scam. Opposition leader Satyadev Katare lost no time taking a dig at the swayamsevaks, even writing a letter to sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat explaining the “taint”. The issue was the Lakshmi Narain College of Tech grounds, one of whose directors is the main accused in the Dental and Medical Admission Test scam where over 1,000 public servants and 153 medicos were selected through fraudulent means. Senior peb men and an osd to an ex-minister are in jail.
They were two faces of the Gujarat riots, one a victim, the other the aggressor. But 12 years is a long time, and tailor Qutubuddin Ansari and cobbler Ashok Parmar ‘Mochi’ made peace in Kannur, Kerala, of all places. The two were participating in a seminar, ‘A Decade of Genocide’, organised by our Leftist buddies, the CPI(M). The occasion also saw the launch of the Malayalam edition of Ansari’s biography. Parmar, still tangled up in court cases, blamed the media for “demonising” him, but added that nowadays he devotes much of his time to “promoting Hindu-Muslim amity”. Anyway, apologies done, the event went off well. And Ansari’s bio, which had a print run of a 1,000 copies, sold out on the first day.
At the BJP lunch organised for journalists, many known faces from the party were present. M.M Joshi, Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, they were all there. The party’s ‘Iron Man’, L.K. Advani, too showed up, his gait slow and measured. Soon some journalists started talking about him being ‘the father of the House’ at 86, but before the retirement question was popped, he finished his last bite of jalebi, and responded to all, “I am here to enjoy the jalebis, nothing else.” The message was clear; the grand old man of the party was still a player. Indeed, the indications were that he’s in fine fettle. And the way he bemoaned, sitting next to NaMo the other day, how the BJP has become a “one-man show”...well, he’s still got sting.
RJD leader Laloo Prasad Yadav is a late entrant to Twitter’s wares, but his trademark rustic humour is alive and well. Sample this tweet with a picture of Laloo milking a cow: “If U don’t milk d cow fully, it falls sick. Tht’s wat I did with Indian Railway & gave thousands of crores profit to it”.
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