A holding action by the PM

  • Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 27, 2014 10:47 IST

In his election speeches, Narendra Modi regularly slammed Rahul Gandhi, calling him “shehzada”. But recently, as the prime minister was walking out of Central Hall after the President’s speech, he spotted Rahul Gandhi, smiled and held the young leader’s wrist for a few seconds with his left hand. Gandhi was apparently taken aback as he did not utter a word. After Modi left, a surprised Gandhi asked some of his colleagues, “What was that?”. They had no answer. You have to hand it to Modi.

They seem to be picking on him
Suspended Congress leader Jagmeet Singh Brar has sent a letter to party president Sonia Gandhi, asking why he was singled out for going public on the poll debacle. He wrote that the statements of general secretaries “Acharya Pundit” Janardhan Dwivedi and Digvijaya Singh were “far more inflammatory, having far-reaching consequences”. Brar mentioned that while Dwivedi had apparently commented on the one-way traffic in the Congress, Singh had stated that Rahul Gandhi did not have the will to become a ruler and yet both of them were spared. Many degrees of candour.

This inbox could be his outbox
A separatist-turned-politician in Kashmir came in for a rude shock recently when he found his statement attacking the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the newspapers. Media organisations had received the statement from his email address. The leader was upset since the statement had the potential of scuttling his ongoing alliance talks with the BJP. The real shocker, however, was his discovery that the statement had been drafted and sent to the media by a very close member of his family. The attack was from within.

No meeting or greeting here
A week ago, a Cabinet minister with important portfolios was on his way to meet a leading industrialist in Mumbai when he received a call on his cellphone from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). A senior official was on the other end and clearly aware of the minister’s whereabouts. The PMO’s message was short but stern: He has no business meeting the industrialist. The minister, sensing danger, not just returned to his hotel but took the next flight back to Delhi. Big Brother is watching you.

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