The Telegraph
Friday , February 28 , 2014
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AAP team

New Delhi, Feb. 27: The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) man-marking, a strategy of fielding challengers against big guns, seems to have moved to “Team Rahul”.

Arvind Kejriwal’s party has pitted Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Rajmohan Gandhi, 78, against former chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s son Sandeep in East Delhi. Dikshit, 50, is among the young MPs deemed close to Rahul.

Gandhi, part of the AAP’s second list of 30 released on Thursday, has contested twice earlier but lost, once to Rajiv Gandhi in 1989 in Amethi.

Other Rahul “team-mates” whom the AAP zeroed in on were Deepender Hooda, Meenakshi Natrajan, Ashok Tanwar and Ijyaraj Singh.

Munde rival

Mumbai: Marathi actor Nandu Madhav, who played Dadasaheb Phalke in Harishchandrachi Factory that was India’s entry for the Oscars in 2009, will take on the BJP’s Gopinath Munde in Maharashtra’s Beed as an AAP candidate.

“Lately Beed’s people observed bandhs thrice to express their anger against the political system. I am going to represent them,” said the Beed-born actor who won praise from Soumitra Chatterjee after a screening of Harishchandrachi in Calcutta a few years ago.

Desam draw

Hyderabad: Three Congress ministers and four party MLAs from Seemandhra are set to join the Telugu Desam next week. Erasu Pratap Reddy, T.G. Venkatesh and G.S. Rao are likely to formally switch at a Nellore rally in the presence of Chandrababu Naidu.

Another minister, G. Aruna, is rumoured to be ready to follow them. The seven leaders met Naidu on Thursday and declared that only Narendra Modi could “save the country from collapse”. Naidu is seeking to tie-up with the BJP but no deal has been clinched yet.

Left on Twitter

New Delhi: The CPM has joined the Twitter club, seeking to tap social media after having opposed the introduction of computers for years alleging they threatened jobs.

The Left party’s handle is “cpimspeak”. Some party leaders suggested the delay in adopting social media was because of a dilemma over whether to join the “imperialist tool”, an allusion to the site’s roots in the US.