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Madhya Pradesh
Flights Of Fancy

When the going gets tough, well, fly off to faraway lands. That seems to CM Shivraj Singh Chou­han’s ruse of late. Recently, the soya crops were ruined by a pest, large parts of the state were reeling under a drought and a blast in illegally stored explosives had killed over 100 people, and what did he do? Chouhan flew off to Japan and South Korea. In February, when the heat of the Vyapam scam had become too much to bear, he’d pus­hed off to the US with his wife. Earlier, he had travelled to Italy, the Neth­erlands and Germany. A large ent­o­urage of bureaucrats and min­is­ters accompanied him on all these and other foreign jaunts. And every time he came back with a bagful of ‘investment promises’ by international conglomerates, no mat­ter that it was the state exch­equer which was poorer by a couple of crores. Needless to say, not even a tenth of these promises have fructified. MP is still in a soup.


United Kingdom
Death Strike

The death of Swraj Paul’s youngest son Angad (he fell from an eighth floor penthouse), even as the family’s Caparo Group was collapsing, has captured media attention back home. But a similarly tragic end met by former Union minister Natwar Singh’s grand-daughter has gone unnoticed. The girl reportedly jumped from the balcony of the London apartment where her father, Jagat, and wife Somaya, had been living since they married and left India, ironically following the death of his first wife Natasha, who fell to her death from Hotel Hyatt in Delhi. Lord Paul’s tragedy, of course, is manifold. He had first gone to England for his two-year-old daughter Ambika’s treatment. She died of leukaemia.


Delhi
Cover To Cover

Senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit is busy penning her journey as the three-time CM of Delhi. The book, which is expected to be out in the market in the second half of next year, will span about two decades including the period when the Congress was in power in Delhi and a couple of years before that when the BJP was ruling the capital, and also the  Arvind Kejriwal spell post-Dikshit’s reign. Sources say the book is a “history of modern Delhi”, of what Dikshit tried to do for the capital. After M.L. Fotedar’s and Sanjaya Baru’s books, hopefully this one will screen the Congress from further embarrassments.


Orissa
The Travel Jinx

Does the prospect of travelling to an Islamic country bring ill-luck to the BJP in the elections? Minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan’s travel schedule may just about give that impression. Apparently he was slated to visit Pakistan soon after the Delhi assembly elections, but the BJP was routed by the Aam Aadmi Party. This time, when the Bihar assembly poll results were coming out, Pradhan, who hails from Orissa but was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Bihar in 2012, was preparing for his trip to Qatar. Again, the NDA lost to the mahagathbandhan. His friends now console him saying that at least in the next polls he should ensure that he doesn’t have plans to travel to an Islamic nation.


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Contributed by Meetu Jain, Ushinor Majumdar, Madhavi Tata, Uttam Sengupta and Pavithra S. Rangan

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