WHEN UNION Textiles Minister Smriti Irani tweeted birthday wishes to Saral Patel, who had changed his Twitter handle to ‘Beta’ Saral after a public spat on the micro-blogging site with Irani earlier, she made his day. “Birthday greetings @SaralPatel007, blessings from Auntyji :-),” she tweeted. The birthday boy immediately responded with his tweet, “This is politics with grace! Something which truly makes me proud to be a ‘Beta’ of ‘Dear’ Auntyji. #Respect.” Soon, others started tweeting, wishing Saral and praising Irani.
TRINAMOOL CONGRESS MP Idris Ali, a prominent figure among the shouting brigade in the Lok Sabha, has been drawing attention with his unique dress style this winter session. Ali, who wore a pale yellow kurta with photographs of Mamata Banerjee and party symbols printed on it the other day, evoked curiosity in the treasury benches with his dhoti on Thursday. Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Harsimrat Kaur noticed Ali, wearing a heavily bordered dhoti in Bengali style, standing in the well. They called Ali and asked him about the dhoti and said it was looking very good. Ali thanked them, but did not pay any heed to their request to desist from shouting slogans. He resumed his slogan shouting with new vigour.
RAJYA SABHA MP Suresh Gopi is extremely resourceful and hence very popular with his neighbours in the House. Gopi carries tea bags and asks LS staff to serve hot water to make tea for those around him. He carries two kinds of biscuits — for diabetics and non-diabetics. On Thursday, he was seen distributing laddoos.
SPEAKER SUMITRA Mahajan, who more than once lost her cool at protesting Opposition MPs for disrupting Lok Sabha proceedings, could not hold back a smile, as, in a rare show of consensus, members agreed that there should be no proceedings next Monday. Mahajan announced that some members had requested that the sitting of the House be cancelled on December 12 because of Eid-e-Milad. As the members replied with a resounding yes, Mahajan said, “Chutti ke liye sab taiyaar hai (Everyone agrees to a holiday).”
Vacancies In Home
THE UNION Home Ministry, reeling under shortage of manpower, will have more vacancies at the joint secretary level with two more officers being moved out. While JS-in-charge of disaster management Veena Kumari has been relieved, JS (UT) H S Makwana is being repatriated to his parent cadre. One JS, R K Mitra, is currently handling four divisions and three JS-level officers recently posted by DoPT are yet to join. The ministry had 17 JS-level positions but many of them were recently moved out.