High command rattled

High command rattled

Rahul Gandhi's comments at a dinner last week for NSUI alumni in Delhi had the party high command in a tizzy. Rahul, who moved from table to table interacting with the guests, deplored the fact that decisions in the Congress are made by just half a dozen people. Decisions should be arrived at by first consulting thousands, if not lakhs. Gandhi's remarks seemed to suggest that bodies like the Congress Election Committee and the CWC should be rendered far more representative than they are at present. However, a high command member felt that if Rahul's suggestion was implemented, it would lead to chaos.

Tripped up in Amritsar

Arun Jaitley's wife Sangeeta is a part of a women's group which likes to travel to different parts of the country. After Goa and Ajmer Sharif, the group decided to visit Amritsar. What they did not bargain for was that a section of the media would jump to the conclusion that they were part of an advance recce party to check out Amritsar as a potential constituency for Jaitley. Jaitley's wife's trip may have been coincidental but there are straws in the wind that the BJP may in fact ask the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha to contest from the Amritsar seat. Sitting MP Navjot Singh Sidhu has alienated the BJP's ally, the Akali Dal. Powerful Akali minister Bikram Majithia has a long-standing feud with him. They want Jaitley to contest from Amritsar instead. Meanwhile, the BJP, which lost all the Delhi parliamentary seats in the last general election, wants to ensure that a Sikh, a Jat and a Bihari are each fielded from the constituencies in the national capital this time. Sidhu is considered the likely Sikh choice for a Delhi seat.

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