Hema, Rekha, Jaya aur Sushma sabki pasand Nirma…With Bollywood veteran Rekha’s nomination to Rajya Sabha, the old but popular advertisement jingle has made a comeback with a renewed spirit and meaning. No wonder, a senior BJP leader quipped in the Parliament he hopes the ladies (here not the homemakers but filmmakers in a way) will keep up to their famous Nirma image and their presence in the political House would help wash away the dirt or ‘daags’ in the political system.
There must not have been many occasions when one would find senior Congress leader and the present Finance Minister of the country Pranab Mukherjee under cover. Call it his experience or wit, this time the otherwise candid Mukherjee has chosen to remain quiet, rather low profile, amidst the cacophony of other candidates in the race for the top constitutional job at the Raisina Hill. The veteran, who has served the country’s oldest political party for around five decades now, understands his business the best and knows that any speculation of his name may spill the beans. No wonder, he parried the questions on whether he is in the race for being India’s President.
Instead, a smiling Mukherjee, outside Parliament House, told reporters in his signature Bengali accent, “Oh my goodness…oh my goodness..”
The novice in UP politics has decided to set his path right by learning from mistakes of his predecessor. Unlike in the regime of former UP Chief Minister Mayawati, the new government in the state is making all efforts to facilitate media and making maximum information available in order to create a media-friendly environment. Soon after taking over as the Chief Minister of India’s most populous state, the 38-year-old Akhilesh Yadav has hinted that the government is keen on improving relations with the media. It shows once again that one may love or hate me(dia) but certainly can’t ignore it.
One man who has the gumption to say NO to the lady who enjoys full control over the Central government is not entering Rajya Sabha with the consent of the government. Surprisingly, the batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar did not even budge to accommodate the terms and conditions that came along with the seat in the Parliament. Some say, it was Rajeev Shukla who mentored Sachin before the meeting with Mrs Gandhi was scheduled. He has always been very cautious in his approach. Wary of controversies, the top ranker has carefully picked his assignments on or off the field. This time when he approached Gandhi for a seat in the Upper House, he apparently was very candid and told the most powerful lady of Indian polity that he has no interest in holding Congress’ bat. However, insiders say that the party was keen to have him on its side to fight its own image. Tendulkar, however, did not oblige them.