October 6, 2016 2:22:34 am
Spiritual leader and actor Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan discovered fans in two senior BJP leaders on Wednesday. BJP general secretaries Kailash Vijayvargiya and Arun Singh were invited by the Dera Sacha Sauda leader for the promotion event of his new film, MSG The Warrior — Lion Heart, in Delhi. He even sent his team to fetch the BJP leaders from the party office for the event. The show seemed to have impressed both leaders, though they were the only ones in the audience who did not dance. “He has some magic, real magic. He left everyone spellbound. Even the security guards were dancing,” said Vijayvargiya later.
Back and forth
Former IPS officer M L Sharma, who served as the Central Information Commissioner, was recently tasked with looking into allegations against a former additional secretary in the I&B Ministry. Sharma submitted his inquiry report and received a cheque from the I&B Ministry for his services. But ministry officials later realised that TDS had not been deducted and asked him to return the cheque. Sharma told them that he would rather pay back the differential, and gave the ministry a cheque equivalent to the TDS amount. Meanwhile, the cheque issued to him by the ministry could not be cleared the first time due to technical reasons. He had to submit it a second time to get the money.
The Bharatiya Jana Sangh seems to think this is the best time to press for its demands. The government has is going all-out to celebrate the birth centenary of Deendayal Upadhyay, its former president and one of the BJP’s ideologues. The organisation, which gave birth to the BJP in 1980 and has continued to exist as a small outfit, now wants the government to remove the green colour from India’s flag. The September issue of Jana Sangh Today, its monthly magazine, has a cover story titled ‘Abolish Minority Concept’ and a cover picture of the national flag in which green has been replaced by saffron. The magazine editorial says that the concept of minorities was created by Jawaharlal Nehru after the Partition, and that it would divide the country once again. “Beware and abolish the idea of minority. All are equal,” it says.
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