08 May 2017 The Insider

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2017-04-29T10:43:05+0530

New Pappu In Town

Andhra Pradesh CM N. Cha­­ndrababu Naidu’s  son and the state’s IT and rural development minister Nara Lokesh is becoming “popular” on social media, thanks to a drive by supporters of the opposition YSRCP. From struggling to take oath in Telugu to referring to Dr Ambedkar’s jayanti as ‘vardhanti’ and saying at an election meeting that the TDP is the only party that is “casteist, communal, corrupt and money-minded”, his gaffes have become embarrassing for the TDP. The latest is when he said he would ensure that every village suffers from drinking water scarcity.

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 The Mahatma Connection

Political circles on both sides of the divide have been abuzz ever since film-maker and author Janhavi Prasada gifted a copy of her first book—Tales of Young Gandhi, a graphic novel—to PM Narendra Modi. Janhavi is Congr­ess leader Jitendra Prasad’s daug­hter and sister of former Union minister Jitin Prasada. In the book, Janhavi tries to “huma­nise” Gandhi so the youn­ger generation can relate to him. The Father of the Nation smoked, drank, visited brothels and was obsessed with sex in his younger days. It’s not the subject, though, that worries the Congress but the fear that someone from an entrenched Con­gress family may go over to the other side. Family sources insist it was only a courtesy visit owing to the PM’s interest in Gandhi.


 Two Leaves And A Fall

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So who suggested the short-cut to T.T.V. Dinakaran for getting the two-leaves symbol? According to the grapevine, it was a retired IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, now based in Delhi. On Dinakaran’s signal, he roped in an IAS officer working in the Election Commission (EC), who also had a Tamil Nadu connection. Even as the Delhi crime branch probes both the officers, a stunned EC is examining the role of its own officials. “Bribing the EC is taking corruption to a new level,” says a former official. “Tamil Nadu, which has given three CECs, including T.N. Seshan, stands tainted.”


Overheard A cabinet minister is encouraging and facilitating civil society discussions and ­seminars on triple talaq as part of government’s efforts to build public opinion against the practice.

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