Thanks, But No Thanks
Lagadapati Rajgopal, chairman of the LANCO Group and a Congress MP, is one of the richest politicians in Andhra Pradesh. For over two months, he has been going around slamming his party for its decision to carve out a separate Telangana state. He reportedly has investments of Rs 10,000 crore in Hyderabad alone. Rumour has it he and a few others from the Congress want to join Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress, which is widely tipped to reap a rich harvest at next May’s Lok Sabha election. But YSR Congress insiders are wary. Despite the reach and resources he would bring, they worry that he may eventually throw a challenge at the party founder, Jaganmohan Reddy.
The grapevine in New Delhi has it that it was Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her son and Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit who prevailed on Rahul Gandhi to stop the ordinance on tainted politicians. Apparently, the reason they gave was that the Congress would otherwise lose the Delhi Assembly election next month. The mother-son combine’s brand value has upped considerably within the party after Rahul’s now-famous press conference coup at the Press Club of India.
At this rate
Since his release from prison, YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy has been beseiged by a long queue of aspirants clamouring to be named party candidates for the upcoming Assembly and General Elections next May. A sitting MP, who is lobbying for a legislative ticket for his brother, says the rate is Rs 10 crore for an MLA ticket and Rs 30 crore for an MP ticket. It pays to be in politics, for sure.
For Name’s Sake
When National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal rose to speak in the Jammu & Kashmir Assembly on former army chief Gen VK Singh’s charges of pay-offs in the state, he constantly called him “VP Singh”. Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party leader Harshdev Singh pointed out the mistake, but Kamal continued referring to the late prime minister, even urging the House to take “VP Singh to task”.
Former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda is the latest to join the BJP’s social media bandwagon. Last year, he tried his hand at Facebook. He has now opened a Twitter account following Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s rising popularity there. Though he has only 1,500 followers yet, Munda is trying hard to parrot his central leadership. His most popular hashtags are #Congress and #paidmedia. Wonder if that would inspire his pal-turned-foe, Hemant Soren, who ditched him to become the state’s CM.