Congress set for reshuffle
The much awaited Congress reshuffle is likely to take place on 12 June. Except for Ahmed Patel, Motilal Vohra and Ambika Soni, all Congress general secretaries and other functionaries have resigned. Rahul Gandhi will now put in place new committees staffed with “young” people on Prashant Kishor’s advice. Accordingly, Priyanka Vadra, Sachin Pilot, Jitin Prasada and Milind Deora may be part of Rahul’s team. Some senior leaders may be given advisory roles. The Congress Working Committee will meet to pass a resolution to make Rahul Gandhi the president of the party. There has been pressure on Sonia Gandhi that Priyanka should be given the responsibility of the party, but the Congress president is keen on Rahul to take charge.
Bengali daily carried Rajan report
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan at his recent press conference made fun of media reports that he had written a letter to the government expressing his unwillingness to continue as Governor after his term gets over in September. This “news” was originally published in a Bengali newspaper, but without attributing it to any authoritative source. Interestingly, the news did not find any place in the newspaper group’s English newspaper.
Mamata tries image makeover
Mamata Banerjee knows how important it is for her to get an image makeover if she wants to emerge as a rallying point for anti-BJP forces in the 2019 general elections. She will possibly get a large number of MPs and will emerge as a strong negotiator if 2019 throws up a hung Parliament situation. That she is all set to support the GST Bill, points towards that direction.
Yeddy, Siddaramaiah objected
Why didn’t Venkaiah Naidu and P. Chidambaram try for Rajya Sabha seats from Karnataka? Was it because of strong objections from two strong leaders? While BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa’s dislike for Naidu is well known, it seems Siddaramaiah refused to send Chidambaram to the RS.
Priya Dutt may join Shiv Sena
Former Congress MP Priya Dutt is likely to join the Shiv Sena. She is not even trying to deny that she’s actively considering leaving the beleaguered Congress. The party has all but folded up in Mumbai. Gurudas Kamat resigned despite the good work he was credited with as AICC general secretary of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Kamat did not have any option but to quit as all his men and supporters were sidelined by Sanjay Nirupam, who has Rahul Gandhi’s backing. Kamat did not want to be part of a Congress run by Rahul.
Naidu was key publicist
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who belongs to Andhra Pradesh, was the BJP’s key publicist for Tamil Nadu and Kerala ahead of the Assembly elections there. Naidu who travels to AP almost every Friday, would travel to Kerala and Tamil Nadu every Thursday during that period.
Ram Madhav’s stars shining
Ram Madhav’s the man who got the BJP into government in J&K and he is being credited with the party’s victory in Assam as well. The BJP is now likely to give him the charge of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, where elections are due early next year.