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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 in Delhi. Swamy and Siddu spent 28 minutes at the wedding dinner reception for Prasar Bharati chairman A. Surya Prakash’s son. One Congress officebearer was startled when general secretary Digvijaya Singh, who is in charge of the state, pulled out pictures of Siddu with 10, Janpath’s bugbear-in-chief, complete with the timestamp, and demanded to know if he had seen them together at the event.


Andhra Pradesh
Tough Taskmaster

Conventional wisdom is that Chandrababu Naidu’s apathy towards government employees, besides farmers, cost him his CMship in 2004 and 2009. Back in the saddle after bifurcation, Naidu is showing that old habits die hard. At a recent meeting on his pet Janmabhoomi project, he warned babus to “rise from their slumber or face strict action, such as getting sack orders”. This has created great consternation among government workers. Naidu’s close aides are advising him to take it easy as he might invite the wrath of this lobby again. Naidu, however, is in no mood to listen.


  • Heard Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, whose Shiromani Akali Dal has been BJP’s ally for long, has been waiting two months for an appointment with PM Narendra Modi on the SGPC issue.
  • Overheard Rahul Gandhi’s ascension as Congress president is a work in progress, but the grand old party is apparently veering around to induct Priyanka Vadra as general secretary before the UP polls.

Contributed by Prarthna Gahilote, Madhavi Tata, Uttam Sengupta and Pritam Sengupta

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