When BJP ‘s Yashwant Sinha recently cited a newspaper report saying that Home minister P. Chidambaram had delayed permission for the sale of Aircel to Malaysia-based Maxis so that his son Karthi would be financially benefited, Chidambaram invoked Jesus Christ to dismiss BJP’s allegations. He said, “Father, forgive them for what they do they know not, I pray to God to forgive their sins.” Outside the parliament, when journalists asked Yashwant Sinha his reaction to the Jesus quote, Sinha said, “Ab unke bhi latakne ka time aa gaya hai.” [Time has come that he too (read Chidambaram) be hanged]. Incidentally for the same deal, Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy had earlier written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh alleging that Karthi’s firm and Aircel had entered into a “dubious transaction” in March 2006, just before Maxis’ investment of Rs 4,000 crore in the telecom company.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is rather miffed with some of her party leaders. Those politicians have apparently misused their position and have embarrassed the government. The Trinamool Congress chief Mamata has issued a code of conduct to discipline them and stressed saying that they should go by the guidelines.Mamata has directed leaders to restrain themselves from visiting academic institutions and trying to force the academic community to accept a political ideology. She also says that public servants should be allowed to discharge their duties independently. Leaders are even advised not to attend marriages and distance themselves from real estate business. Hearing all this, a senior Trinmool Congress leaders quipped, “Didi wants us to do things, which she herself has never done…”
Buoyed up by unexpected success in recent assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party’s confidence has grown in leaps and bounds. It has not only started the battle for the general elections due in 2014 but also made a foray into southern states such as Karnataka. The party has also started the process of candidate identification for these Lok Sabha elections, and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has sent emissaries to approach local leaders in Karnataka. When a senior journalist asked the party chieftain Mulayam Singh Yadav about the pressing need to begin the process so early. Yadav replied, “Samajwadiyon ka time bahut achcha chal raha hai… dekhiye France main bhi samajwadi party ki lehar pahunch gayi.” (Time is favourable for Samajwadi party, now you can see that party’s ideology has even reached France.
The judgment in the infamous 900-crore fodder scam case is expected in next 3-4 months. Rashtriya Janata Dal superemo Lalu Prasad Yadav is spending sleepless nights. The Jharkhand High Court demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation report on fodder scam case. A lower court had earlier allowed the CBI to stop recording statements of eye-witnesses in the case while Lalu asserts that the statements of several people listed as eye-witnesses by the CBI are integral to the case. A total of 61 cases were filed in the fodder scam. Judgements have been given in 43 cases and 1,200 people have been convicted so far. Besides, Lalu Prasad, former chief minister Jagannath Mishra and four senior IAS officers are accused in the case. Commenting on the development, a senior Janata Dal leader said, “Even if Lalu is convicted in the case, he would have quite a company in jail as most of his men are already there.”