Spin off Salman

It is rare but it happens in politics that a political party’s loss sometimes becomes a gainful proposal for its leaders. And this has happened in the Congress domain vis-a-vis one of its senior leaders on the issue of the land acquisition law brought by the BJP-led NDA Government.
Spin off Salman
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Politics sometimes leads to strange coincidences.

It is rare but it happens in politics that a political party's loss sometimes becomes a gainful proposal for its leaders. And this has happened in the Congress domain vis-a-vis one of its senior leaders on the issue of the land acquisition law brought by the BJP-led NDA Government.

The Congress stance against the law which it feels has anti-farmer connotations has still not delivered any dividends to the party. But its senior leader and former External Affairs Minister Mr Salman Khurshid is clearly a beneficiary of the new law.

Mr Khurshid has already re-started his legal profession and is often seen in the Supreme Court donning a black jacket. He has found it beneficial as the disputes or controversies emerging out of this law has led to Mr Khurshid getting a number of related cases to be fought in the Apex Court.

He had reportedly made this honest confession before one his top party men and former cabinet colleague Mr Jairam Ramesh. Incidentally the latter took the lead and led a protest in a UP village after Modi government brought the new law.

Referring to the law, Mr Khurshid said that many tell him that it was a bad law. But he on his part has been lauding the same law being opposed by his party on the premise that it was giving him lot of cases.

Someone's loss is clearly another person's gain.

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Punishment Posting 

Politics can often turn out to be cruel, and it happens more often. An event (failure) can result in sudden fall in grace and in such cases the leaders turnout to be more cruel to even their close aides.

Such a scenario was in full display at the wedding reception of BJP president Mr Amit Shah's son, held in Delhi. And fallen from grace were the Delhi BJP chief Mr Satish Upadhaya and the party's in-charge of Delhi Mr Prabat Jha, a journalist turned politician from Madhya Pradesh.

Interestingly, both of them were posted on the gate of the complex where the reception was held. Their duty was to receive and bid good bye to the guests. This led to the gossip doing the rounds that the two have been rightly shown their place.

The new posting of the duo was completely relished by their detractors that also resulted in jocular and satirical comments. "The two have got a punishment posting," was how a detractor of the two leaders commented.

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Green Signals 

Not short of words to hit at his detractors, and friends equally, and not the one to praise anyone in simple and straight words, former Union Minister and a close aide of Gandhi family Mr Jairam Ramesh also knows how to build defences for himself, lest he is misunderstood.

It was evident when a number of his detractors within the Congress began targeting him before Mr Ramesh's book was to be released alleging that another insider might come up with expose of his bosses. He pre-empted with flurry of activity in the form of disclaimers before he started talking about his new book 'Green Signals'.

This is not a Sanjay Baru (media advisor to former PM Dr Manmohan Singh) or Natwar Singh kind of book, he began while referring to the controversial books written by the two that had references to Dr Singh and Congress president Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

A further disclaimer came in the form that no conversations had been reported in Ramesh's book. "This is not an attempt to settle any political scores. There is no masala," he lamented with his trademark broad smile.

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