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Inside Track by Coomi Kapoor: Yours, Mine and Mom’s Nominees at Rajya Sabha

It would appear that the 10 candidates for the Rajya Sabha Congress nominations were selected exclusively by the Gandhi family. Sonia Gandhi chose P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh; Priyanka Gandhi’s proteges were Imran Pratapgarhi, Rajiv Shukla and Pramod Tiwari and Rahul Gandhi chose the others including the fiery Ranjeet Ranjan. The selections confirm the suspicion that Mukul Wasnik was always the mole of the G-23 dissident group. Incidentally, defying protocol, Wasnik happily signed the party announcement of RS nominees which included his own name. KC Venugopal, Secretary (Organization), should normally have signed it. Despite a major grievance within the party over foreigners being appointed in preference to state leaders, Randeep Surjewala decided to withdraw from Rajasthan, not his home state of Haryana. Surjewala sensed old opponent Bhupinder Hooda’s troubles and switched places with Ajay Maken.

Missing guests

The Ram Madhav Foundation of India held its seventh two-day Indian Ideas Conclave last month with its usual hype and high-tech presentations. The theme of the show in Bengaluru was ‘India 2.0: Rebooting to Meta Era’ with intellectuals, academicians, industry leaders, tech gurus and politicians among the guests. Given that some of those associated with the Hindutva foundation rose to high positions in government after Modi came to power, including national security adviser Ajit Doval, generally few turn down an invitation to the foundation. . But this year, there was a slight hitch. Although Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Petroleum Minister Hardeep Puri addressed the rally, Karnataka CM Basavraj Bommai was absent during the opening ceremony. RSS General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale was not present for the closing ceremony, as originally announced.

3-part response

Normally, when Rahul Gandhi attacks the BJP or Narendra Modi, neither the PM nor Amit Shah responds. The task of responding to Rahul’s criticisms, most often on Twitter, is delegated by topic to S Jaishankar, Smriti Irani and Sambit Patra. Jaishankar’s domain is foreign policy. Therefore, Jaishankar was quick to counter when Gandhi called our foreign service officers arrogant. Irani’s memoir is to refute issues relating to Gandhi’s constituency and former seat, Amethi. Recently, when Gandhi attended a wedding in Nepal, Smriti made it a point to visit his constituency, Wayanad. Party spokesman Patra responds to his general comments.

leaves of the past

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Mukund Kaushal unravels some of the mysteries of the past in his just-released book, Sailing on My Own Compass: A Policeman’s Diary. For example, he claims that he was the one who decisively debunked Harshad Mehta’s much-quoted claim that he handed over 1 crore rupees in a suitcase to Prime Minister Narasimha Rao at his residence. The SPG strangely refused to confirm or deny the story, saying it destroyed the prime minister’s guestbook every two months. Kaushal, however, nailed Mehta’s lie by having his officers check PM’s movements on November 4, 1992. From Delhi Police’s VIP movement logs, it was clear that Rao was far from the 7, Race Course Road at the time the alleged transfer took place. He reveals that when Morarji Desai was Prime Minister, his son Kanti gave oral instructions that his friends be allowed to enter the Prime Minister’s residence without searching and that their bags not be searched, which was in breach of protocol. of the Blue Book. As Delhi Police’s VIP security chief, Kaushal insisted on a written request, as his superiors were too intimidated to refuse the instruction. When Desai saw the note, he smiled and agreed rules must be followed.

Akshay BJP Favorites

If Kangana Ranaut is BJP’s favorite female star for projecting the party’s point of view in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar who starred in the just released Samrat Prithviraj is Ranaut’s male counterpart. The chemistry between Kumar and Amit Shah was evident during the film’s special screening last week with Kumar teary-eyed over Shah’s praise. Shah, a history student, has been reading Prithviraj Raso, the epic poem by court poet Chand Bardai since his teenage years and can quote every stanza and point out discrepancies between the film’s script and the original poem. It was Shah’s first visit to a theater in over a decade and he summoned his entire family from Gujarat to Delhi for the show.

Google Blend

Rahul Gandhi resides at 12 Tughlak Lane and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar resides at 12 Tughlak Road. The problem is that someone from Google Maps confused the addresses. Locals say it is common for guests at the minister’s house to show up at Gandhi’s home to be redirected to the correct address.