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Thursday , January 16 , 2014
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Baba’s Priyanka

sermon to Congress

JD(U) MP Shivanand Tiwari expressed his wish to see Priyanka Gandhi as the Congress’s prime ministerial candidate when chief minister Nitish Kumar refused to comment on the probable candidate of the grand old party of India for the post. Rahul Gandhi is incapable of inspiring the demoralised party cadre. If the Congress brings in Priyanka, it might help in lifting the morale of the party workers,” he said. Tiwari’s remarks have the state local Congress leaders, who remained silent on the day Priyanka met senior Congress leaders in New Delhi. “Baba (Shivanand Tiwari) is uttering the words we should have said. Besides, he is not supposed to speak in matters which concern other parties,” said a senior Congress leader. The JD(U) leaders appear to be in a mood to give advice to other parties of late. The party’s state president has already asked BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha to join the JD(U). “It is time for the JD(U) leaders to think about their own party,” said a BJP leader.

Power ‘cuts’ concentration

Top paddlers had a frustrating time during the national table tennis championship at Patliputra Sports Complex because of frequent power cuts when the matches were on. “We lost concentration because of disruption in electricity supply,” said a participant. The power department authorities, who dropped the idea of “uninterrupted power supply in the city” recently, attributed the problem to local faults. “It’s no wonder that they dropped the idea. They cannot even ensure uninterrupted power supply in a national event,” said one of the organisers. The Nitish Kumar-led government has earned accolades for the improved power scenario in the state. But it still has to go a long way to ensure uninterrupted electricity.

Writing on cap

The Gandhi cap, which had virtually disappeared from Patna, has made a comeback. With AAP launching its membership drive, several youths can be seen sporting the cap on which “Main Aam Aadmi Hoon” is written. When a person turned up at the residence of BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi wearing the cap, Modi asked him why he was sporting it despite being a BJP member. The man wearing the cap told Modi that he had been wearing it for ages and that it had no writing on it. “Just as wearing a Gandhi cap does not make a man a Gandhian, sporting an Aam Aadmi topi (cap) does not make a man a revolutionary,” said a Congress leader.

Speculation over retirement plea

IAS officer K.P. Ramaiah has recently sought voluntary retirement, triggering rumour that he would be fielded as a JD(U) candidate from the Gaya reserved seat. The officer tried to scotch the speculation, claiming that he had sought voluntary retirement purely because of personal reasons — to look after his ailing wife and son. “We already have two former IAS officers, including former Union home secretary Raj Kumar Singh, poised to contest the polls. It is natural for the people to think that Ramaiah would also throw his cap in the poll ring,” said a politician.