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Kerala
Suited, Therefore Booted

Many of Narendra Modi’s cabinet colleagues have abandoned any pretence of staying away from the suits, but despite 20 months at the helm, the PM continues to strain every sinew to ensure no one feeds off their presumed proximity to him. The PM’s visit to the Sivagiri Mutt in Kerala in December was parti­ally facilitated by an MP of Ker­ala origin. If the second-term RS member tho­ught this would be something the PM would be gra­teful for, well.... After the event, the PM got into his car and left for the airport alone, asking the MP to follow him in an escort car. Then, there was no space in the PM’s aircraft for the MP, who flew back in his own plane.


Bihar
Migratory Bird

Former chief minister Jiten Ram Manjhi, who broke from the JD(U), formed his own party and aligned with the BJP, ran into Nitish Kumar on a flight recently. He conceded that he had made a mistake in return for a Rajya Sabha seat and asked him to forget the recent past. With BJP chief Amit Shah not giving him time, after promising him a Rajya Sabha seat, Manjhi is now thinking of going back to RJD. If that happens, he would have come full circle, for he was in Laloo Prasad’s party after starting out in the Congress. Opportunism anybody?


Karnataka
Picture Imperfect

The discomfiture of Congress “loyalists” with Siddaramaiah, who hopped over from the Janata Dal (S), and vice-versa, is well known. But it has been taken to another level with pictures of the chief minister with the BJP leader Subramanian Swamy making their way to the high command...

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