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Another RCP in the making

Principal secretary of education department Amarjeet Sinha’s dress — a kurta, pyjama and a half-jacket at the unveiling ceremony of the tallest statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Maidan drew attention of not only politicians but also of IAS officers.

"Amarjeet Sinha carries the looks of a neta (leader),” said a politician. An IAS officer said Sinha looked like another “RCP” in the making. He was referring to former IAS Ram Chandra Prasad, popularly called RCP. He used to wear a spotless white shirt and trousers when he was the principal secretary to chief minister Nitish Kumar. At present, he sports kurta-pyjama and looks like a typical neta instead of a former bureaucrat. “Nitish Kumar made two former IAS officers - N.K. Singh and RCP - Rajya Sabha MPs. Amarjeetji stands a good chance,” said another IAS officer. Of course, he would have to do much more than just dressing up like a leader, the officer added.

Meeting of coincidence

Several Sushil Kumar Modi baiters in the BJP, including Dr C.P. Thakur, ministers Chandra Mohan Rai and Satyadev Arya, recently emerged from the house of former chairman of Bihar Legislative Council Tarakant Jha together. But they all denied that it was a “dissidents' meeting”. “We had come to enquire about the health of Jhaji. It was a coincidence that we reached at the same time,” said Rai. He, however, did concede that when politicians meet they talk about politics. Modi loyalists are not convinced about the coincidence theory, though. “When there is a resentment in the party, meetings are held on the pretext of hosting a feast or enquiring about health conditions of a leader,” said another BJP minister, recalling that such meetings prompted splits in political parties earlier.

Tired Nitish

Chief minister Nitish Kumar dodged reporters so many times that few believed he would hold his customary news conference after his last janata durbar. But the chief minister came up to the reporters and asked: “Don’t you people get tired of following me?” When the reporters asked the “most important” question - what he would do if Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi becomes the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate - he gave a tired look and gave vague answers. “He appears to have taken an oath not to take the name of Narendra Modi in public,” said an official.

Shahi silent on VC appointment

Following an outpour of anger in Nawada after the governor announced the names of vice-chancellors, Bihar’s education inister P.K. Shahi appears to have gone in a silent mode on the issue. “Neither Shahiji, nor chief minister Nitish Kumar know what o do on this issue. The chief minister expressed his frustration before eporters but Shahiji s basically a trained lawyer and knows to remain ilent when beaten in a game,” said a senior lawyer of Patna High Court.