03 July 2017 The Insider

Deep Throat

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Deep Throat
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Deep Throat
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2017-06-24T11:03:23+0530

The Fast And The Furious

A year ahead of assembly polls, Mad­hya Pradesh politics has attained near-farcical proportions. Soon after CM Shivraj Chouhan ended his “indefinite fast” in 24 hours, the Congress claimed he had pulled a fast one and done nothing for the farmers. Jyotiraditya Scindia took it up a notch with a 72-­­hour satyagraha after he was stopped from visiting Mandsaur, where agitators had been shot dead. Party colleague Kamal Nath, at logg­erheads with him, had made it to Mandsaur with Rahul Gandhi when Scindia was vacationing, forcing him to return in haste for making his presence felt at ground zero.

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The Chosen One

Tamil Nadu CM E.K. Palaniswami has emerged as Delhi’s man of the moment. PM Modi called him to seek support for presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind and Venkaiah Naidu asked him to be in Delhi when the nomination papers were filed. Delhi’s backing also emboldened EPS to brush aside the pinpricks of T.T.V. Dinakaran and his lackeys. The AIADMK (Amma), to which EPS belongs, announced an Iftar party to be presided over by him in his capacity as ‘headquarters secretary’, leaving out Dinakaran. The state government also rolled out a year-long celebration of MGR’s 100th birth anniversary, again ensuring no role for Dinakaran, in spite of his supporters’ demand. EPS also called up O. Panneerselvam to inv­ite him for the MGR celebrations.


A Fight Declassified

Two BJP leaders in Bengal are fighting and the party top brass is not happy. Chandra Kumar Bose, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grand nephew, and Jay Prakash Majumdar have been trading barbs over the Netaji files. Bose, who had joined the party apparently on invitation from top leaders, is now demanding that PM Modi should declassify all sec­ret files on Netaji. Majumdar, seeing an opportunity to get noticed by the Centre, has pointed fingers at Bose’s propriety in questioning the PM despite being from the same party. Last heard, senior leaders have told Bose and Majumdar to stop bickering.


Overheard With Ram Nath Kovind being nominated the NDA’s presidential candidate, his ­replacement at Raj Bhavan in Patna is likely to be an OBC, to keep Bihar’s OBC leadership in check.

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