PRIYANKA LIKELY TO CONTEST NEXT LOK SABHA POLLS FROM RAI BAREILY

Author: 
Nora Chopra

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is most likely to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Rai Bareily in 2019 in place of her mother and  the Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Sonia will relinquish both her post and her Lok Sabha constituency because of her health and age, setting an example for the rest of the ageing Congress leaders. She  is the longest serving party chief. She completed 18 years in office last March. Rahul is likely to be anointed president after the UP elections ; of course the  UP results may have a bearing on the decision. In 2019 if he manages to become the PM, then the post may be handed over to Priyanka Gandhi.

SHAH’S FUTURE DEPENDS ON UP POLL RESULTS

The battle of UP will have a bearing on the position of both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.  Both Modi and Shah are leaving no stone unturned to win UP.  Although age embargo has been slapped on by the party on Najma Heptullah and  Anandiben Patel yet Kalraj Mishra has been spared with an eye on the UP elections as the Congress party is out to woo the Brahmin community. The BJP cannot afford to alienate Brahmin leaders of the state. Now it is the turn of another sulking veteran Lalji Tandon. But reports are that Tandon may be shunted out of UP politics before 2017 to the cosy environment of Raj Bhavan in Bhopal to allow Kalraj Mishra to operate in UP.

AMAR SINGH WANTS MULAYAM SINGH YADAV TO BE CHIEF MINISTER

Is Amar Singh planning a new party with Shivpal Yadav in the lead? Amar Singh who has the reputation of being a family breaker is once again at it. The problems in the first family of Uttar Pradesh started with Amar Singh’s entry in the Samajwadi Party against the wishes of the chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam’s cousin professor Ram Gopal Yadav. Both Ram Gopal and Akhilesh opposed it tooth and nail but Shivpal who is closer to Mulayam succeeded more than Shivpal. It is the money factor that finally won. And Amar Singh got the entry but intensified the fight within the SP family. Mulayam Singh divested Akhilesh of the post of the state party presidentship. It is said that Mulayam took the step after a two hour meeting with Amar Singh .In retaliation Akhilesh divested uncle Shivpal of the three meaty portfolios. Earlier in the day he even sacked Singhal the UP chief secretary, supposed to be close to Amar Singh and Shivpal Yadav. After this, Shivpal has threatened to resign. And Akhilesh has blamed Amar Singh for the problems being faced by his family. But though he has been asked by Mulayam to wait but pressure has mounted on Mulayam to take over as CM again.

HRD MINISTRY IS ALWAYS A TROUBLE SPOT

HRD ministry troubles refuse to go. National Book Trust which is mandated to produce good books - literary or critical analysis at affordable cost - was a bastion of the Left liberals. Now it is headed by Baldeo Bhai Sharma, chairman with Dr. Rita Chowdhury as director. But these persons are at loggerheads, so much that Chowdhury often is seen hobnobbing with Left liberals who are staunch critics of Prime Minister Modi. Problem is Chowdhury's husband Chandra Mohan Patowary is Assam's commerce and industry minister and is a powerful BJP state leader. How will Prakash Javadekar get out of this problem?

BJP LEADERS HAPPY GEELANI EXPOSED HIMSELF

When Hurriyat leader SAS Geelani sent back CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury and other Opposition leaders from his home, refusing to meet them, the word spread quickly that the octogenarian separatist has snubbed the all party delegation’s overtures. But the government was very happy that Geelani didn’t meet Yechury and company. In the return flight to Delhi, a minister “congratulated” some Opposition leaders that they have “exposed” the Hurriyat leaders. “The whole world could see we came to talk to them. But it was Geelani, who refused to have dialogue,” said a senior BJP leader. (IPA)

Sunday, 18 September, 2016