Raje takes a holy dip at Kumbh in Prayagraj
Former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje is in Prayagraj to attend the Kumbh. She also visited Acharya Mahamanda-leshwar Awdeshnandji’s camp. A section within the BJP holds the view that popular anger against Raje led to the party’s loss and that’s why she was made BJP’s national vice-president. Cutting Raje off from state politics would not harm the BJP’s prospects in national polls, they feel. That remains to be seen, for but now, Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore’s frequent visits to Jaipur are keeping the rumour mills churning!
Gehlot ex-OSD to become Priyanka’s personal secy
After Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi’s entry in mainstream politics, a Rajasthan Administrative Service officer is now in spotlight in the state. Dheeraj Srivastava, who had taken voluntary retirement, will be the personal secretary to Priyanka. Srivastava is said to be close to the Congress. His first posting was in Jodhpur, the hometown of CM Ashok Gehlot. When Gehlot first became CM in 1998, Srivastava was appointed his OSD. He was also in the PMO during Manmohan Singh’s government. He has also been OSD to Sonia Gandhi and has served at the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in Delhi. It was Gehlot who brought Dheeraj close to the Gandhi family.
First indigenous valve replacement surgery in Jaipur
The first ever indigenously designed and manufactured transcatheter heart valve replacement was done at a city hospital recently. Goa’s Tulsi Navekar, 77, was successfully operated upon and has now been discharged from the hospital. The heart valve replacement was done at EHCC hospital by Dr Randheer Rao. The indigenous valve is cheaper by nearly J10 lakh, which has brought down the cost of valve replacement procedure from J25 lakh to J15 lakh.
Pilot takes a veiled dig at Gehlot
Deputy CM Sachin Pilot’s statement at a college function has raised eyebrows within the Congress circles in the state. Pilot said none of his family members will be fighting the Lok Sabha polls. “The party has given me an important post. If I lobby for tickets for my family members, what will the workers do? The opportunity should be given to the good, hard-working people in the party,” he added. The statement is being seen as a veiled attack on CM Ashok Gehlot whose son Vaibhav Gehlot, it is being speculated, will contest the polls from Sawai Madhopur, Jodhpur or Jalore.