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It was the shortest Cabinet meeting in many years. The meeting that decided to withdraw the controversial ordinance which sought to protect convicted lawmakers from immediate disqualification lasted just five minutes.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2013 09:45 IST
Manmohan Singh

The slip between the cup and the lip
It was the shortest Cabinet meeting in many years. The meeting that decided to withdraw the controversial ordinance which sought to protect convicted lawmakers from immediate disqualification lasted just five minutes. Many ministers were surprised to hear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ask for tea as soon as the meeting ended. Usually, Singh leaves the room immediately after the conclusion of meetings but this time he remained seated and sipped his tea which led many to believe that the discussion lasted 20 minutes. His cup of woes runneth over.

Going with the flow
The controversial ordinance discarded by the Union Cabinet following Rahul Gandhi’s dramatic opposition seems to have laid some ground rules for tie-ups during the Lok Sabha polls next year. It is now more or less clear that the Congress cannot have an alliance with Lalu Prasad’s RJD in Bihar and may be forced to have a tacit understanding with Nitish Kumar. In Haryana, the BJP will be forced to give up its efforts to forge an alliance with Om Prakash Chautala’s outfit. Keeping their hands clean.

Sulking on the sidelines
Shipping minister GK Vasan has repeatedly denied that he has any plans to revive a splinter group of the Congress, which his father founded in 1996. Vasan merged it with the parent party in 2002. But his meetings with his supporters have again given rise to speculation that he might revive the Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) as his supporters feel sidelined in the present set-up. In March this year, at the height of the stir over the Sri Lankan Tamils, posters had appeared in Chennai, asking Vasan to revive the TMC. Now, Vasan is again vocal that the prime minister should not attend the CHOGM to be held in Sri Lanka next month and confabulations are being held with his supporters. Resurrecting old loyalties.

The axis of power is shifting
Narendra Modi’s historic rally recently was the biggest the BJP has had in Delhi. Even AB Vajpayee and LK Advani have never attracted such a big crowd. Before beginning his speech, Modi took several names and one among them was that of RK Sinha, a veteran RSS functionary and an associate of Murali Manohar Joshi. Does his presence signify that Modi was getting close to Joshi to spite Advani? New name on the block.