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Dial Dixit ( Pic Shiela Dixit)
There is no dearth of political gossiping, real and imaginary, in the Capital city even in the face of serious situations like the gang rape of a young Delhi girl sometime back. The seriousness of the matter has dawned on everyone from government to political parties and of course the society.
The flavour of the day is the women related issues and the manner in which the safety and security of women could be ensured. New laws are in the making and none else by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has started an emergency helpline, 181, from her residence and office. The provision was direly needed but it has led to various quarters interpreting the development in different ways.
The one interpretation, without diminishing the import of the issue, that is doing the rounds of Delhi’s power circles is the one related to the grim demeanour of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
If the grapevine is to be believed, someone from the PMO or the Prime Minister’s house rang up 181 to check its efficacy. What is the complaint about, the man on the helpline supposedly asked? Is it something about domestic violence?
Pat came the reply; “No it is not about domestic violence but domestic silence”. The obvious reference was to the quietude for which Dr Singh is famous and which has resulted in the joke industry doing overtime to churn out fresh jokes.
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Jaipur Journalists  ( Pic Journalist illustration)
Even as the Jaipur ‘chintan shivir’ of the Congress was yet to take off, the controversies made their head way and came to light as soon a strong media group, over 200, landed in the Pink city after travelling from Delhi around midnight. The mismanagement between the number of journalists and accommodation made available to them in a city hotel turned out to be a mid-night drama.
True to their colours, the more enterprising among the scribes started pulling strings left and right and did not mind throwing tantrums for the discomfiture of the organisers. Someone rang up Rajasthan Chief Minister Mr Ashok Gehlot but a more enterprising woman journalist directly reached the usually inaccessible political secretary of Congress president Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Mr Ahmed Patel.
As the tempers ran high amidst the January chill, the crescendo soon could be heard at the Chief Minister’s residence quite at a distance from this hotel. In a midnight coup of sorts the journalists managed to pull Mr Gehlot out of his bed and was soon found at the hotel lobby trying to calm the frayed tempers of the journalists who had perhaps momentarily forgotten that they were enjoying the hospitality of the AICC.
  As if it was not enough, someone more enterprising among the journalists went to the extent of contacting AICC General Secretary Mr Rahul Gandhi. The Nehru-Gandhi family scion was lucky to escape the wrath of the” wronged” journalists simply because they failed to find his contact number.
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Rising Digvijay (Pic Digvijay)
The AICC General Secretary and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Mr Digvijay Singh is currently the cynosure of all eyes. Not only because of his spicy comments on any issue on earth but also because of his growing profile. Being perceived to be the next big name that could play an important role in any future UPA dispensation coming to power at Delhi, he is keeping his cards close to his chest though he is proactive in his home state Madhya Pradesh.
His estranged brother Mr Lakshman Singh, who had quit Congress to join BJP and became a party MP, is back with him. Not only that, Mr Digvijay Singh is already in the process to project his son, and is painstakingly nursing his home constituency Raghogarh.
Will he take a plunge again in state politics as Madhya Pradesh is slated to face Assembly elections this year? Or will he lay stakes to a plum job in New Delhi? No clear cut indications are available. One thing is certain, the growing profile and the importance being given by the party top brass to Union Urban Development Minister Mr Kamal Nath is certainly giving Singh senior sleepless nights.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 19 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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