After the defeat in the polls, a number of Congress leaders have started making vacation plans and in many cases, the vacations may be permanent. No one seems to know who will lead an organisational rejuvenation, if any. Rumours are that some of the Congress leaders are now on the lookout for positions in regional parties as well as in the BJP. A newly-elected BJP MP even commented that maybe this is a good time for someone to make a portal called netanaukri.com to cater to these leaders.
At a time when the National Conference was staring down the barrel of a gun, comes this godsend from mos Jitendra Singh, who has called for a debate on Article 370 as the first step to abrogate it. After the serious drubbing it faced in the General Election, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was quick to seize the opportunity and take the fight to the Narendra Modi-led government. While some call it a last-resort tactic by the cm to try and rally nationalistic fervour in the Valley in his favour, others feel it could be an attempt wasted. A fight can only happen if both parties show interest. What if Modi chooses to sit this one out? What then, Mr Abdullah?
Of all the state units of the Congress, the worst-hit in the election is the party in Andhra Pradesh. Whereas many leaders such as former chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy left the party before the polls, those who stayed behind have lost face and become incommunicado. PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana, who always took his own calls and even indulged journalists for as long as they wanted, is unreachable these days. His number does not exist.
For BJP leaders in UP, good days are here already. While some are eyeing gubernatorial posts, the big rush is for petrol pumps and gas agencies. Memberships of PSUS are a close second and BJP leaders are using their cross-party contacts to help them identify the posts that could allow them to curry favours from their masters in Delhi. Many have petitioned Home Minister Rajnath Singh for the coveted CISF security cover.
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has been getting flak from rights activists for not appointing a chairperson for the State Human Rights Commission. The post has been vacant since July 2012. Governor Hansraj Bharadwaj, who is not very cosy with the CM, rejected a short-cut proposal from Siddaramaiah to appoint a temporary head. He insists that the government should appoint a full-time chairperson to the three-member body.