01 May 2017 National The Insider

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2017-04-22T11:15:37+0530

The Ice-Cream Scoop

Telangana is reeling under a heat wave, but would one buy ice-cream for Rs 5 lakh? Apparently some would, if it is sold by K. Tarakrama Rao, son of CM K. Chandrasekhara Rao, a minister and his possible successor. TRS MP Malla Reddy dished out Rs 5 lakh for the scoop as KTR donned a chef’s hat and an apron for the fund-raiser. Within min­­utes, he had raised Rs 7.5 lakh. His sister K. Kavitha, MP from Nizamabad, chipped in with Rs 7 lakh by selling sarees. This was part of the CM’s Gulabi (pink is the official colour of TRS) Coolie Days call to lea­­ders to collect funds for the TRS formation day events on April 27.

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A Political Start-Up

Psephologist-turned-politician Yogendra Yadav’s party, Swaraj India, is contesting the Delhi Mun­icipal elections, but does not have the requisite money. Yadav, in a can­­did letter to acqu­aintances, has made an appeal to contribute for a “political start-up with a vision and a concept”, launched on October 2, 2016. A founder member of AAP, Yadav was expelled for anti-party activities. Now, poll-ready with his outfit, he claims his aim is not to capture power but to “redefine it”. In his letter, he terms politics as the “yugdharma of our times”. Quips a BJP leader, “Yadav should know that start-ups are going bust and not many are likely to give him funds. A brave act nonetheless by him, considering he lost his deposit in Lok Sabha elections from Gurgaon.”


Mum Is The Word

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Now, here is a first—a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to meet an author at dinner. Sen­­ior editors were asked to sign an NDA form sent by the publisher, complete with 11 clauses and various sub-clauses, if they wanted to meet the author, whose big book will soon be out after a long gap. It began: “You agree to keep in strict confidence all information...relating to the Project including the concept of the Project...whether obtaining in writing, orally or by any other means....” More legalese continued over the next pages. All this to wine and dine with a radical writer. But last heard, the NDA project was junked.


Overheard “Mayawati is trying to unite the Opposition not to stop the BJP, but to get support for retaining her Rajya Sabha seat that expires in April, 2018. BSP does not have enough MLAs....”

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