GHULAM NABI AZAD IS CLOSEST TO SONIA THESE DAYS
Ghulam Nabi Azad is the man to watch. Azad is famous as the Congress leader with a midas touch for having won for his party every state of which he has been in charge. He now faces the litmus test of his as general secretaryin charge of Uttar Pradesh where the Congress till now has been the fourth party preceded by the Samajwadi Party, BJP and BSP. His stars are already on the zoom. Besides being the political adviser to Congress vice-President Rahul Gandhi and his election strategist, he is even the leader of Oppositionin the Rajya Sabha and is strategising the policies of the party in Parliament. His importance can be gauged from the fact that when Sonia i and her son and daughter went to Allahabad for the Indira Gandhi centenary, it was Azad who accompanied the family and no other senior leader went with them ; not even Ahmad Patel.
TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN AGENCY CHIEF TO VISIT INDIA IN JANUARY
Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica which ran the successful campaign for US President-elect Donald Trump, will be coming to India in January. After getting Trump elected in America despite an-anti Trump press, he has now developed interest in India, particularly in view of the NRI support he could manage for Trump. He would be coming to India to explore options in the fields of politics and psychology. His interest for the time being is focused on the elections in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Punjab. Some Indian agencies too are interested in meeting him and opening a link for the future in America.
JAITLEY IS BEARING THE BRUNT OF DEMONETISATION CHAOS
Poor Arun Jaitley. The most moderate face of the BJP, has been made the sacrificial lamb by Prime Minster Narendra Modi on the demonetisation issue. The demonetisation was conceptualised by Modi andhe forced it upon finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Sources in the BJP reveal that Jaitley was reluctant to make the move but Modi was adamant. The move is being seen as an attempt to put all the blame on the finance minister who could be dropped like a hot potato from the finance ministry to please the Opposition and the people. As the situation has evolved since November 8 night when the decision was announced by the PM in an address to the nation, it is Jaitley whose image has suffered the most. Jaitley, known as the moderate face, has now been made unpopular among the people. He is facing the belligerent Opposition for the fault of Modi.
STARS FAVOURING MANOHAR PARRIKAR
Stars seem to be favouring defence minister Manohar Parrikar. After the surgical strikes, he has emerged as the poster boy of the NDA government and the BJP. He is being projected in every election meeting by Amit Shah. Where ever Shah goes, he tom toms the issue of surgical strike and gives the credit to Parrikar. Shah has been telling the audience that it was Parrikar who lifted the morale of the country. (IPA Service)