Keeping tabs on the political grapevine.ht view Updated: Aug 15, 2011 22:34 IST
Not a paper tiger at all
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley reads his favourite newspapers on his iPad, which he finds easier than actually flipping through pages, particularly on busy days. An early riser, Jaitley finishes his first reading of newspapers on the tablet before he is ready for his morning walk around 6 am. Out of sheer habit, he does, however, go through print editions before he comes to Parliament - just for the 'feel' of the broadsheets and the creative ads. He certainly needs all the news he can use.
Mine not to reason why
Will the infamous Reddy brothers of Karnataka - Gali Janardhan Reddy and Gali Karunakar Reddy - dump the BJP and move to the YSR Congress party floated by Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy? The buzz is that the Reddy brothers are upset with the saffron party as they have lost the Cabinet berths in the newly-formed Sadanand Gowda government because Lokayukta Santosh Hegde exposed their mining business. Worse still, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, who is considered the godmother of the Reddy brothers, has abandoned them. She has been avoiding them after their names surfaced in the report. For the first time, she skipped her annual visit to Bellary for the Varalakshmi puja with their families. However, in an attempt to placate the mining magnates, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari inaugurated a mass marriage organised by them. But he told them that a "ministerial post is not permanent in politics". They seem left to negotiate the political minefield on their own.
A terror when it comes to error
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee's meticulousness when dealing with files is legendary. But he surprised some visitors recently when his diligence even extended to visitors' slips. Apparently, the veteran catches errors like spelling mistakes or wrong references and those who made the mistake would invariably draw his ire. Recently, his aide sent a chit prefixing 'Dr' before the visitor's name. Mukherjee summoned the aide and asked, "Since when he has become a doctor?" and then wrote 'Mr' in his own hand on the chit before calling the visitor in. He's got an alternative career as an editor.
A post for the police
The search has begun for the coveted post of Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the home ministry, the only senior-level post in the ministry held by Indian Police Service officers. UK Bansal, the 1974 batch officer who holds this post, is set to lead the Border Security Force, creating the vacancy. In the race to step into Bansal's shoes are IPS officers from the 1976 and 1977 batches including Subhash Joshi from the Central Reserve Police Force,
PK Mishra from the National Investigation Agency and Arvind Ranjan from the BSF. Securing internal security here.