On a bigger national screen
Minister of state for social justice and empowerment D Napoleon may have quit the Tamil films after joining the government. But, recently, his political mentor, chemicals and fertilisers minister MK Alagiri asked him to sing. "Since many of you want Napoleon to sing, I ask him to sing a song for you" he said at a function in Chennai. As he obeyed Alagiri's orders and rendered the song 'Kizhakku Cheemayile' from the hit film Seevalaperi Pandi, Napoleon disclosed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked him not to take on any film roles after becoming a minister. "I requested him that I have three films pending and want to complete them. And he had kindly obliged." He's clearly moved into a new role.
Pawar's on song now
Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar loves to host concerts by Hindustani classical singers at his Delhi residence. He is now looking forward to hosting Kishori Amo-nkar. But, he wants to be sure she is in the right mood to produce the soulful music she is so famous for. So he's turned to his good friend and Rajya Sabha MP NK Singh, who enjoys an excellent rapport with the singer. Singh had just one condition: he must be allowed to invite his select group of friends who love her music. Pawar insta-ntly said yes. Hitting the right note here.
Presenting his credentials
BJP leader Prakash Javadekar's spirited attack on defence minister AK Antony at a time when the BJP was trying to play a balancing game between Antony and the army chief caught observers by surprise. With Javadekar demanding nothing short of the minister's resignation, some BJP leaders were heard joking that this was part of his attempt to show himself as an able potential deputy leader of the party in the Rajya Sabha after SS Ahluwalia's term ended. Offence is the best form of defence.
A dearth of a berth
Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi was denied a Rajya Sabha ticket from Andhra Pradesh this time since his nomination from the state during the previous term had angered many local leaders. They had opposed the idea of giving the ticket to an outsider like Alvi who is from Uttar Pradesh. This time, the resistance had grown much stronger. Alvi's supporters are now hoping that he will be adequately compensated since his colleague on the media panel Renuka Choudhury was rewarded with a Rajya Sabha berth. They are saying that the ticket was denied to Alvi because the leadership has decided to hand over to him the reins of the Congress in UP, where the party got a drubbing in the recent assembly elections. A crown of thorns for him.
In the right spirit
Denied a Rajya Sabha ticket, the BJP's outgoing deputy leader in the Upper House SS Ahluwalia delivered a farewell address in the last parliamentary party meeting, where he, in his own way, reminded the party in a friendly manner that he had been left out. He recited a couplet by Guru Nanak that said, 'Colleagues and friends have all abandoned you; Nanak says god is the only support'. His term having ended, leaders in the BJP are now discussing who will take his place. Ahluwalia has been known to be an active deputy leader of the party. In god, he trusts.