As part of the centenary celebrations of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, the BJP went into blitzkreig mode with publicity on the great Jansangh leader’s life and ideology. However, the grassroot leadership is least bothered about Upadhyaya. In Jalgaon, three tonnes of boxes of the publicity material were found at a scrap shop last week. The BJP was quick to clarify that it took swift action against the office secretary. But the damage is unfathomable, believe some BJP old timers.
Adding Value Via Nuisance
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar doesn’t need to undergo a promotional drill for his next movie, Indu Sarkar. Some Congress leaders are happily doing the service, gratis. Ahmad Haseeb, a Congress leader from Allahabad, has taken to social media with his new poster announcing a bounty of `1 lakh to a anyone who’ll paint Bhandarkar’s face black as he has attempted to “malign the Nehru-Gandhi clan” by depicting the ‘Emergency era’ in his film. The Congress high command, understandably, is not complaining.
Sadhvi’s Secret Surgery
It was closely guarded secret under Yogi raj. Malegaon blast and Sunil Joshi murder accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur underwent a four-hour surgery for breast cancer at Lucknow’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Out on bail since April this year, the Sadhvi reached Allahabad quietly last Saturday for ‘kesh daan’ and proceeded to the state capital for surgery. Away from media glare, she was accompanied by her two siblings and brother-in- law.
Long Arm of the Law
The fodder scam of the 90s has caught up with beleaguered RJD chief Lalu Yadav. IPS officer Rakesh Asthana, who probed the scam, is now supervising searches in the fresh graft case against the former Bihar CM and his family in the Railways hotel scam. While probing the fodder scam, Asthana had questioned Lalu and had chargesheeted him. Lalu was arrested in the fodder scam case. Other sensational cases probed by Asthana include the Purulia arms drop case and the Godhra incident, among others.
Historic Moves & Blunders
Whenever speculations about CM Nitish Kumar snapping ties with RJD reach a high, RJD leaders and cadres—even ones with little proficiency in English—chant party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s newly popularised phrase “historic blunder”. Lalu called Nitish’s support for NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind a “historic blunder”. JD(U) leaders, priding themselves on Nitish’s supposed political primacy over Lalu, are saying that if JD(U) splits with RJD, it would be a “historic move” like the party snapping ties with BJP in 2013. “No matter what happens in Bihar, it will always be historic,” quipped an RJD legislator.