Congress has forged its first alliance in Uttar Pradesh. After a long sustained-talk and much-haggling with Ajit Singh, Congress managed to bring Ajit Singh with it. However, Ajit Singh is said to be not satisfied with the deal despite the fact that he was assured of an important ministerial berth in the Manmohan Singh’s cabinet. Sources claim that Ajit Singh is demanding the appointment of an RLD leader Anuradha Chaudhary in some board or committee at the Central level. It seems that Anuradha Chaudhary is enjoying close relations with Ajit Singh who is desperate to accommodate her too. However, it is to be noted that Anuradha Chaudhary lost both assembly and general elections and now is waiting in the wings outside the corridors of power.
Modi Goes International
Beyond an iota of doubt, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is emerging as a national leader despite all the odds staring him in the face. Recently during his China trip, he displayed great confidence that anchors his towering stature in South Asia. Above all, the recent US Congress report praised Modi’s development model and various recognitions were conferred by United Nations’ organisations on Gujarat. So much so, he has been invited by the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) to visit Pakistan and share the success of Gujarat model with industrialists across the border. It thus happened that a Pakistani business delegation came to visit Modi lately. The delegation chiefly focussed on Gujarat visit, with regard to the Asia Colour Chemicals Mega Exhibition held in Ahmedabad. Hugely impressed by Gujarat’s progressive movement and all-round development, they emphasised exploring better cooperation in trade and industry between Gujarat and Pakistan. According to a statement by Gujarat government, the delegation not only invited Modi to visit Pakistan to address the corporate heads of Pakistan’s industries and businesses on the Gujarat model of development but also urged Modi to start a direct flight between Ahmedabad and Karachi.
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi doesn’t like to face debates on television news channels. He once said at an informal discussion that many anchors were very ill-behaved. Sharing his own experience he informed that once he was participating in a debate when another participant accused him of taking bribe from the Opposition party but the anchor didn’t allow him to clear his stand. Alvi further said that recently the same anchor from the same channel approached him for a debate and with the same person on the panel who once accused him of taking bribe. Alvi said that when he refused to sit with that person, the anchor asked whether he should invite Prime Minister to debate with him. Alvi felt offended and finally resolved never to participate in any mudslinging debate that is more of a fish market.