August 13, 2016 1:47:59 am
Much as the BJP tries to distance itself from the ongoing Dhamma Chetna Yatra in Uttar Pradesh, its fingerprints are all over the programme. After Home Minister Rajnath Singh, it’s now the turn of his deputy Kiren Rijiju to lend his presence to the Buddhist convoy that is touring the poll-bound state to woo Dalits for the BJP. The party is obviously not deterred by the recent lukewarm response to the yatra, that had apparently prompted the cancellation of Amit Shah’s Agra rally at the last moment. A practising Buddhist, Rijiju is scheduled to participate in the yatra later this month. Singh had flagged off the yatra from Sarnath in April.
Question Hour on Friday, the last day of the monsoon session, saw Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi complaining about not getting a chance to speak in the Lok Sabha. Trivedi was seeking a chance to ask a supplementary question about the AN-32 aircraft that went missing over the Bay of Bengal on July 22. However, he was not called by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. “You never allow me to ask,” he complained. “I don’t know why am I sitting here, you do not allow me to speak or ask a question.” Still he did not get a chance. Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s recommendation that Trivedi is a former pilot also did not help.
Seizing The Day
To be in the Sports Ministry when the Olympic Games are on is a rare opportunity. And some, like Sports Minister Vijay Goel, are making full use of it. But Goel is not alone. The entire top brass of the ministry, from director to secretary, has either made a trip to Rio de Janeiro or is on its way to Brazil. The Secretary, Additional Secretary and FA, and a Joint Secretary are leaving for Rio Saturday morning. They will replace the current delegation in Brazil that is headed by Goel. Some officials made the trip before the Games began.
Vocal On Visa
Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s denial of visa by Britain was met with some disbelief. While many expressed disappointment, BJP leaders Vijai Chauthaiwale, who heads the foreign affairs cell of the party, also took offence. He expressed his anguish on Twitter. Both South Block and the British High Commission, which tried to keep him in good humour, might intervene to resolve the issue.
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