NATIONAL ROLE ALSO LIKELY FOR PRIYANKA

Author: 
Nora Chopra
If the Congress does well in Uttar Pradesh in 2017 Assembly polls, then Priyanka Gandhi will be the face of the Congress party in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.  Priyanka has been sent to UP only to clear the way for Rahul Gandhi. Sources close to  Rahul were keen to send Priyanka to UP   because the thinking in the party is that if Priyanka goes to UP then Rahul will get a free hand to work and will be projected as the PM candidate or else if Priyanka remains in Delhi, the demand  for her projection will grow  creating problems for Rahul. But in between, if Rahul fails to show an impact then it will again be Priyanka who will be summoned to take the lead. But only she too has to prove herself in the UP Assembly polls in 2017 and improve the tally for the Congress in the most populous state in the country which was once the Congress stronghold.
 
BJP IN TALKS WITH AJIT SINGH FOR RLD’s MERGER  
 
Satpal Singh, the police commissioner in 2014 of Mumbai who resigned from his post to join the BJP, is sulking. He has not been included in the cabinet reshuffle just because he defeated Jat leader Ajit Singh.  The BJP is keen to have some kind of understanding with Ajit Singh, preferably they want a merger. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is said to be talking to Ajit Singh. After Anupriya Patel, the BJP is working on Ajit Singh as Amit Shah does not want to leave any stone unturned or spare any caste.  The BJP has even promised him a Rajya Sabha  seat but the problem is that Ajit is also bargaining with Mulayam Singh and Shivpal. Yadav. The Samajwadi Party also wants Ajit to merge his RLD to with the SP. But there are cracks in the SP family ; Ramgopal Yadav is opposed to Ajit.  
AKALIS AT LOGGERHEADS WITH BJP 
 
 Akali Minister in Narendra Modi ministry’s  Harsimrat Kaur’ Badal’s presence at Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav’s iftaar party has sent the tongues wagging.  The Badal’s are said to be looking for fresh options, particularly after Navjot Singh Siddhu has been made in charge of Punjab by the BJP leadership. Siddhu who is at loggerheads with Sukhbir Singh Badal, has refused to campaign for the Akalis. It is just a matter of time when the BJP-Akali divorce will be official. But before that the Badals want to sew up a new alliance. The Badals have also been part of the anti-BJP front earlier and Harsimrat’s presence is being seen in that perspective.
 
ADVANI FINDS NO CASE AGAINST ACCUSED TRINAMOOL MPs
 
The fate of the seven Trinamool MPs allegedly implicated in the Narad sting operation hangs in balance as their case is pending before the Ethics committee of Parliament. Even Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary future depends on the ethics committee which is also probing the alleged case of his British Citizenship. But fortunately for both Rahul Gandhi and the Trinamool MPs, the ethics committee is headed by the BJP’s marg darshak committee member LK Advani. Advani was heard telling his confidantes that there is no case against either   Rahul or the Trinamool MPs.
 
 
 
LOK SABHA SPEAKER IS UNHAPPY
 
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is not quite happy these days. She is extremely upset with CEO of Lok Sabha channel Seema Gupta. Seema is a direct appointee of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She has been parachuted t from Gujarat by Modi and does not listen to Mahajan.(IPA)
Sunday, 10 July, 2016