26 June 2017 National The Insider

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2017-06-17T11:07:37+0530

Flight Of Legal Eagles

When Mukul Rohatgi said he wanted to quit as attorney ­general, there were whispers that he felt snubbed by senior advocate Harish Salve being picked over him to represent India at the International Court of Justice in the Jadhav case. Speculation is rife that another senior law off­icer might step down as well. The buzz is additional solicitor general (ASG) Tushar Mehta could be the next attorney general. Mehta’s seniors may then find it difficult to stick around and the government may fill one such vacancy with senior advocate Shyam Divan. With that, many ASGs senior to Divan may feel the heat.

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Missing The Mark

Given his penchant for going missing at crucial political junctures, Rahul Gandhi has done it again. While farmers agitate and Sonia Gandhi spearheads eff­orts to bring Opposition parties toget­her in the run-up to the presi­den­tial polls, Rahul is taking off for a Roman holiday. He tweeted, “Will be travelling to meet my grandmother and family for a few days...”  The Gandhi scion, who may soon take over as party president, is said to be headed for a vineyard vacation, his favourite.  He was also away from the political scene early this year when poll dates for five states were announced and crucial decisions like candidate sel­ection got stuck. Soon after the dismal show by his party, he went missing again, as BJP snapped up Goa and Manipur.


A Blue-Eyed Babu

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For more than a month now, many have wondered why tra­ns­port secretary Sanjoy Mitra was picked as the def­e­­nce secretary. Going by one account, he had made a major presentation to the PMO a few months ago. PM Modi, it is said, was quite imp­ressed by the burea­u­crat who had served for seven years in Manmohan Singh’s office. Despite other names pending on his desk, Modi decided he had his man in Mitra, and Nitin Gadkari had to let him go. The choice has thrown def­ence middlemen into a tizzy. They have app­arently been asking Bengalis which variety of fish to cook.


Overheard On a Congress spokesman from the south now missing from TV debates, a leader says, “The party didn’t want someone with a South Indian accent.” NDTV voiceover test for spokesmen?

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