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Wait for action
Congress MLA Pramod Tiwari is a special invitee to the Assembly's business advisory committee. Some Congress MLAs, however, feel that legislature party leader Pradeep Mathur would be a more appropriate representative of the party. Therefore, they suggested that Mathur should personally take up the matter with Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey. Mathur asked MLA Banshi Singh Pahadia to reach the Speaker's office in order to accompany him. Pahadia reached the Speaker's office at the appointed time and waited, but Mathur never arrived and the meeting with Pandey never took place. Later, when somebody asked Pahadia what happened, he replied, "What can happen when our leader does not want to raise the issue?"
With the election of Laxmikant Bajpai as the new state president, the BJP has got relief from the front of Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath. During the tenures of Surya Pratap Shahi and Ramapati Ram Tripthi, Bajpai's immediate predecessors, Yogi kept a distance from the party. The reason was that both Shahi and Tripathi belong to eastern UP which Yogi regards as his exclusive preserve. In the past six years, he never participated in any major programme of the state BJP. During the Assembly elections, he did not move out of Gorakhpur division to campaign for party candidates. In fact, Yogi's men worked against Shahi and he himself often criticised the state leadership. Last week, after a long gap, Yogi was present at the party office when Bajpai took over as state president. The reason is simple: Bajpai comes from western UP and, therefore, Yogi can be assured that there will be no BJP man to challenge him in the "Yogiland".
A lift remembered
Yesteryear film actor Chunky Pandey got a surprise when Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met him at his brother Prateek Yadav's marriage anniversary. Pandey wasn't sure if Akhilesh would recognise him. But Akhilesh remembered him too well and not because Pandey had been a film star. Akhilesh reminded Pandey of an incident which took place long back when he was stranded in Mysore after his car broke down during the shooting of his film Ankhen. Akhilesh, then a student in Karnataka, was passing by. He stopped and offered Pandey a lift to his hotel. Pandey was overwhelmed when Akhilesh recalled the incident.