RANJAN BHATTACHARYA’S NAME FIGURES IN AGUSTA WESTLAND SCAM
Political circles are abuzz with speculation about Brajesh Mishra and Ranjan Bhattacharya’s role in the Agusta Westland deal which was signed in 2003. Rajiv Tyagi, one of the cousins of air chief SP Tyagi and an ex- private assistant of Amitabh Bachchan, was a personal friend and a front man of the then prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s foster son in law Ranjan Bhattacharya. He was a regular at the PM house. He allegedly looked after the telecom and the defence sector for Bhattacharya. It was said that Rajiv Tyagi worked out the deal.
AMARINDER HOLIDAYING IN US IN ELECTION SEASON
While the Congress is already seriously considering how to handle the elections due next year in Punjab and UP, Punjab Congress chief captain Amarinder is away enjoying life to the fullest, to the very disdain of his colleagues. Rahul Gandhi succumbed to the pressure to make Amarinder PCC chief, but instead of concentrating on the campaign of his party, the captain is busy holidaying in Los Angeles.
JAITLEY’S FIGHT WITH SWAMY CONTINUES
Arun Jaitley’s dominance is under threat. It is celebration time for journalists as they do not have to depend only on Jaitley to save their jobs. They now have Subramaniam Swamy too to flush them with stories A competition of sorts has broken out between Subramaniam Swamy ‘and his bete noire in the party -- finance minister Arun Jafter -- following Swamy’s entry in Rajya Sabha.. Swamy’s entry has also divided the journalist community. Now if you happen to go to central hall, you will find both Swamy sitting with his camp of journalists and Jaitley has a separate durbar with journalists courting him. But, speculation has it that one of Swamy’s relations also might be involved.
YECHURY SEES SIGNS OF CHANGE IN WEST BENGAL
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury was in for a surprise when he went to campaign to West Bengal recently. As he travelled in a car for a rally outside Kolkata, Yechury noticed armed policemen escorting his vehicle. It has never happened to Yechury that in Bengal he received police protection. At a tea stall, he invited the police personnel protecting him to share tea and asked them why they are following him. The police maintained that there are “instructions from the top”. The CPM is seeing this development as yet another signal that it is doing well in the election. “Changes in behaviour of police forces generally indicate upcoming changes. Before the 2011 polls, the police had stopped listening to us. Now, additional protection for the CPM leaders indicate we are doing well in the polls,” said a senior party leader.(IPA)