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2019-01-18T13:18:25+0530

Shah Of Suspense

Shah Faesal, the 2010 IAS topper, has created a crisis of crises in J&K’s political circles. From mainstream political parties to separatists, everyone is wondering what the former IAS officer is up to after his resignation from the services. It was assumed that Faesal will join the National Conference and contest from the Srinagar parliamentary seat. Given the response he got post-resignation and the pressure on him to form a new political front, other parties are worried. Unlike many leaders, he has a clean image and is popular among the youth. Moreover, he is Harvard-educated and there is a perception that the US may be backing him. That’s why Faesal’s emergence is being watched with curiosity and anxiety in equal measure.


Old Is Gold

The Congress may have won the three Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh but many in the party’s rank and file are upset at the alleged failure of party president Rahul Gandhi to bring about his promised generational shift. It is not just about the decision to play it safe by going with old warhorses like Kamal Nath and Ashok Gehlot in MP and Rajasthan, respectively. The appointment of three-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit, 80, as the president of Delhi Congress has also peeved many in the grand old party. The expectation was that 55-year-old Ajay Maken would be replaced by someone of about the same age. However, by putting Dikshit in charge, many in the party claim, the Congress may have just given Delhi to AAP on a platter. It is widely believed that it is Sonia Gandhi who preferred experience over youth in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.


Rajni Can, Rajni Can’t

Rajnikanth appears to be in no hurry to launch his party or inclined to contest the Lok Sabha elections. Enthused by the huge success of his latest release Petta, which pleased his fans, the superstar is busy finalising his next film—a political drama. The release of the film, being produced by Sun TV’s Kalanidhi Maran (who also gave Petta) and directed by A.R. Murugadoss of Sarkar, could then be used as the launch pad of his proposed political party ahead of the assembly polls. Rajnikanth told his supporters that they should keep their powder dry for the assembly elections instead of being distracted by the Lok Sabha polls. He also hopes that the political air in the state would clear after the May general elections, helping him to strategise more clearly.

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