Hotpuri – Jun 12th, 2023

What is the buzz this week in and around Delhi?

What is the buzz this week in and around Delhi?
What is the buzz this week in and around Delhi?

Political gimmicks and gossips

Patna a flop show?

State parties are keen to squeeze Congress below single digits in each state. Out of 450 possible seats, sixty percent allocation is being demanded by eight regional parties. These state parties are keen to cut Congress’ big brother attitude and reduce its intentions to contest 543 all Lok Sabha seats.

This indirectly means Congress will not contest more than 210 seats. So Rahul Gandhi or Congress nominee may not be the Prime Minister. This is the crux of the issue.

Preserving Monuments

At a two-day review meeting of officials from the Archaeological Survey of India at Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology in Greater Noida on June 8-9, the MoS for Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal highlighted the need to revisit heritage laws, stressing the importance of creating monument-specific regulations. He advocated minimizing the issuance of notices that cause inconvenience to the public when there is no imminent danger or damage to the monuments. Meghwal also emphasized that “cultural nationalism” is closely intertwined with the preservation of monuments.

PM Svanidhi scheme

Days after the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry celebrated three years of its street vendors loan scheme, PM SVANidhi, a delegation of the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) met Union Minister Hardeep Puri on Friday to raise some concerns with the scheme, while otherwise appreciating its implementation. Among the issues highlighted by NASVI founder Arbind Singh was that some municipal corporations were evicting vendors who were beneficiaries of the scheme even though they were granted loans by banks based on the letter of recommendation issued by the respective municipal bodies. The delegation sought the minister’s intervention, especially in cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, and Srinagar.

Clamour for Priyanka grows

25 Top leaders of Congress want Priyanka Gandhi to head Congress 2024 Lok Sabha campaign head. These 25 including a chief Minister and MPs wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi last week New Delhi is agog with speculation whether such internal churning will lead to major upheaval in Congress organization. Apart from this the buzz at 10 Janpath where three Gandhis jointly reside that Priyanka’s ability to imitate Indra Gandhi is a fast-emerging fact.

Priyanka Gandhi is keen on rallies. She held a rally in Telangana and she is expected to address one in Madhya Pradesh on June 12, where she is likely to amplify the party’s promise of an income guarantee of Rs.1,500 to women. She is also likely to campaign extensively in Chhattisgarh, sources said.

After back-to-back Congress victories in Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is set to play an important role in the party’s campaigns in elections later this year, particularly in Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.

NDA formation anniversary

It’s an anniversary that came and went almost unnoticed. In early 1998, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was formed. And it came to power in March of that year, after the general elections.

Now, 25 years later, there appears to be an effort to bring back some of the original constituents of the alliance – not out of sentimentalism, but the cold calculus of electoral logic.

Which would also mean that the opposition parties aren’t the only ones working on a grouping.

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R Rajagopalan is a veteran journalist. He reported Parliament proceedings for Dinamani and Vaartha. Since 1980. A well known face in English TV debates. He Widely traveled with Presidents and Prime Ministers.
R Rajagopalan


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