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The Buzz

Keeping tab on the political grapevine.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2012 23:17 IST

Birthday bumps

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh, the one with the gift of the gab and a dimpled smile, turned 65 on February 28. As all eyes are set on the outcome of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Singh, who is in charge of the politically important state for the Congress, celebrated his birthday while on the campaign trail. But he did not forget to thank all those who wished him. “Thanks to all those who abuse me. Keeps me in the news and in their minds,” he sweetly tweeted.

Too close for comfort

Actor Nagma may have encountered such situations onscreen many a times. But the behaviour of Congress candidate from Barhapur, Hussain Ahmed Ansari, during a public meeting in his constituency raised her hackles. She nearly walked out of the rally in a huff when Ansari tried to get close to her and read out a couplet that she found, well, offensive. Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi thankfully intervened and placated Nagma who then appealed to the gathering to vote for the Congress — if not for Ansari.

Look who’s being a BSY body

A battle of nerves between former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and his arch rival, BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar, is on the cards over the nomination to the Rajya Sabha from the state. Kumar is pushing for the renomination of Hema Malini, whose one-year term is expiring on April 2, along with four other members. BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, too, is keen that the ‘Dream Girl’ gets a full term. But BSY, upset that he has not been re-instated as CM, wants his loyalist Dhananjay Kumar to get the nomination. The big question is whether BSY will let BJP MLAs abide by the high command’s choice.