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Delhi Confidential: Rift Within

An upset Oommen Chandy is set to skip a dharna organised by the Opposition UDF coalition at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday.

By: Express News Service |
December 14, 2016 2:16:36 am
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THE CHURNING in the Congress in Kerala over the appointment of District Congress Committee presidents by Rahul Gandhi is set to play out in the national capital. An upset Oommen Chandy is set to skip a dharna organised by the Opposition UDF coalition at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday. Chandy, sources said, was the one who suggested that the UDF should take its campaign against the BJP government, for imposing curbs on cooperative banks, to Delhi. But he is now set to miss it. The perception is that the Chandy faction lost out in the revamp. Of the 14 district presidents, eight are from the Ramesh Chennithala-led ‘I’ group, while five are from the Chandy-led ‘A’ group. Meanwhile, UDF leaders led by Chennithala met President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday and sought his intervention to address the concerns of Kerala regarding demonetisation and the scaling down of ration allotment to the state.

Between The Lines

BJP PRESIDENT Amit Shah has been launching e-libraries across the states, urging party workers to make use of the books available to arm themselves with knowledge of history and party policies. The books in the ‘History’ and ‘Freedom Movement’ sections seem to have been very carefully chosen — the works of authors like R G Bhandarkar, K M Panikkar, R C Majumdar and Jawaharlal Nehru’s Discovery of India are among the books that have been picked. Interestingly, the section titled ‘EPW’ has articles like ‘Modi’s Faux Pas on Ambedkar’ and ‘Two years of an Ambedkar Bhakt and the plight of Dalits’ — both critical of the Prime Minister’s attempts to appropriate B R Ambedkar.

Grading Artistes

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NOTWITHSTANDING THE criticism that the Culture Ministry’s scheme to grade artistes drew from some quarters, many performers of various arts have sent representations to Shashtri Bhawan. Months after the first list was announced, which graded artistes as ‘Outstanding’, ‘Promising’ and ‘Waiting’, the ministry continues to receive written requests from those who were not graded favorably and want an “upgradation”. Some applications are from stalwarts who have sent detailed CVs of their disciples for whom they have sought an ‘Outstanding’ tag. The artistes are selected and sent to various government events abroad as per their “grading”.

Kerala Calling

LAST MONTH, South Block received a request from the office of Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon, who is keen to visit the beaches of Kerala and also wants to benefit from India’s famous Ayurvedic medicine. South Block, which was preparing to host him for a state visit, agreed to host him in Kerala. So, Rahmon — who has been in power for over two decades now — will be visiting Kerala first, before he comes to the Capital. Officials said the itinerary has been prepared according to his personal request, and has been left to his “comfort”.

Long Wait For PS

AT LEAST one minister’s six-month-long wait for a private secretary is going to get over soon. Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave scouted for more than one IAS official of Madhya Pradesh cadre, but they could not be posted with him for one reason or the other. Now, a Gujarat cadre officer, Hardik Shah, is set to take over that position.

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First published on: 14-12-2016 at 02:16:36 am
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