Power Bites

Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Mirwaiz @ Twitter 

In a case of better late than never, Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is finally on Twitter. He has become a convert to the micro-blogging site much after other leaders; even the separatist patriarch Syed Ali Shah Geelani had woken up to the social media before him. Mirwaiz joined on 28 June and ever since has been posting tweets daily. Incidentally, his counterpart in mainstream politics Omar Abdullah, with around 574 thousand followers has gone surprisingly silent during this period. In two weeks, Mirwaiz has gathered around a thousandodd followers. Unlike Omar, however, Mirwaiz appeals to make his Youth4Kashmir successful.

Discreet overtures

His composure threatened by the Congress debacle in the Lok Sabha polls, Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla is in a bind. In an overt gesture to the ruling establishment at the Centre, the veteran cm met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking his intervention to resolve the outstanding boundary dispute with Assam, and proceeded to remind the bjp that during the run-up to the last Assembly poll they had promised to resolve the border disputes in the Northeast.

Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Paternal worries

Saffron veteran Kalyan Singh, widely tipped as the next Governor of West Bengal, is becoming restive again. Not so much worried about his own future as about getting his son Rajvir Singh accommodated in the Union Cabinet. To that, the bjp central leadership has thus far been rather unresponsive, because they have a huge list of aspirants from the most populous state. However, the battle-scarred veteran is wary of becoming a rebel for the third time, since his son’s political fortunes will be jeopardised by any such act.

Disarming riposte 

Former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy recently found himself in a soup when an audio tape of him trading votes for cash emerged. Kumaraswamy is heard asking for Rs 40 crore from an MLC aspirant who sought his support in the recently concluded election to the Upper House of the legislature. Kumaraswamy, who has never shied away from claiming corruption, is an integral part of politics, himself authenticated the tape. He even called for a wider debate on the issue.

Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Clueless Mistry

Rahul Gandhi’s favourite Madhusudan Mistry was not amused when, during the course of his postmortem of the electoral debacle in up, he was angrily asked by an MLA whether he recognised the legislator. When Mistry said ‘No’, the MLA called him a “rootless wonder” who cannot recognise even a party MLA!


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