Hot Potpourri (Hotpuri!) from across the country

Here's a look at stories from the inside of the country, from local to national

Here's a look at stories from the inside of the country, from local to national
Here's a look at stories from the inside of the country, from local to national

Cats trying to pass off as tigers by striping themselves?

State leaders like M K Stalin, Y S Jagan Reddy, Eknath Shinde, and Mamata Banerjee have been actively adopting the popular Modi model of media outreach to increase their presence in the public sphere. Stalin of late is seen walking alone, using tele prompters using online meetings. Regional parties in India had adopted the same style which is practiced by Narendra Modi. Even while interacting with the bureaucrats, Modi spends special attention. Similarly, Stalin, if one watched closely a few videos, the adoption of Modi’s style is fashion. Is it, not Hindutva’s approach asks BJP leaders, why state leaders are fond of Modi?

Jaya-Amit ki Jodi – the first family of Tinseltown

50 years of married life. It is a visual that won the hearts of many fans of Amitabh Bachchan. It is fifty years of wedded life. Jaya Baduri and Amitabh posted lots of photos on their social media pages. Most of the Mumbai tabloids printed these photos on the first page, hailing the tall leader of the tinsel world.

Caste reigns supreme even for holidays

In the run-up to the Assembly elections, the Madhya Pradesh government is announcing public holidays on the birth anniversary of eminent personalities to woo different caste groups. Now, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced seven such holidays this year. Out of these, three have been announced in April on the birth anniversaries of Dr. B R Ambedkar (April 14), Lord Parshuram (April 22), and on Chitragupta Prakotsava (April 27).

They came together to celebrate the occasion

It was an auspicious occasion and the executive and judiciary exchanged pleasantries. Though there have been instances in the recent past where the two arms of government were seen at loggerheads, at the inauguration of the new Parliament building PM Narendra Modi was seen exchanging greetings with SC judges. Modi interacted with Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice B V Kohli and also shared some light moments with Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul.

Friends now, no more prisoners of the past

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and SAD leader Birkarmjit Singh Majithia (Sukhbir Badal’s brother-in-law) hugged each other at a program organized by a Punjab daily. Sidhu and Majithia contested against each other from Amritsar (East) Assembly seat in the last state elections, but both lost to the AAP candidate, a newcomer in politics. Thereafter both were in Patiala jail at the same time, with barracks facing each other.

How Maharashtra politics split

Ajit Pawar is an irritant like Sachin Pilot. In a week, two senior leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray group’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut, engaged in a war of words, a day after Raut “spat” on the ground while talking to top leaders of Congress.

Raut reportedly spat on the ground when he was asked about Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s son, Lok Sabha member Shrikant Shinde’s jibe targeting Uddhav Thackeray. “Everyone should keep a decorum while speaking in politics,” said Pawar. Raut reacted angrily and referred to Pawar’s remarks made a decade ago when the NCP minister had said in response to a person seeking water for his fields in his village that “should he go and pee in the dam” so that the farmer could get water for his village. “Spitting is better than urinating in a dam. It’s good to give advice.”

Regrouping in AP?

Amid speculation over a regrouping in Andhra Pradesh, TDP Leader Chandrababu Naidu met Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah in the national capital.BJP national president J P Nadda was also present in the meeting, which took place at the Home Minister’s residence here.

In the meeting, which came in the backdrop of speculation over a possible alliance between BJP and its former alliance partner TDP, the leaders are learned to have discussed the possibility of coming together in Andhra Pradesh, where Naidu’s party is the main opposition, as also in Telangana.

MP Congress gets a sanyasi

In Madhya Pradesh Congress gets a Hindutva sanyasi. “My job is not to ask people for votes. It is to bring the Raas Leela and Bhagavad Katha to every area in the state,” says the 32-year-old dressed in white, with rudraksha beads flowing down her neck, and giving audience to visitors at the Madhya Pradesh Congress office.

But, Congress sure hopes differently. As it mounts a campaign to win the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections due later this year, Richa Goswami, a katha back with several “records” in her chosen field under her belt, is one of its most potent weapons. Soon after his government was toppled due to defections from the Congress, Kamal Nath, also the party state chief, had formed a ‘Dharmik and Utsav Prakosth’ wing, and named Goswami as its head. Never shy of taking on the BJP over their claim to the “Hindu” space, Kamal Nath is now going one step further. And Goswami is clearly an integral part of this.

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