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Applauded for Calm and decency          
Housing and urban poverty alleviation minister Girija Vyas has received a lot of praise from all members of the Lok Sabha for her decency and her calm demeanour.

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain showered many accolades on her and regretted that she was not made a minister earlier. Vyas was inducted as Cabinet minister in the latest reshuffle as assembly elections in her home state of Rajasthan are around the corner. Well, better late than never.              

On neutral ground for now
In what is expected to be a show of strength just ahead of the assembly elections, former Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee chief Paramjit Singh Sarna is organising a Sikh conclave at the Talkatora Stadium in Delhi on September 15.

Sarna was once close to the BJP stalwart Madan Lal Khurana and later to CM Sheila Dikshit. But this time he has decided not to support any political party unless he gets a commitment from them about the protection of Sikh interests. Promises first, votes later. 

Honesty does not always pay
Contrary to the impression created by his interviews, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar is a great fan of his Gujarat counterpart, Narendra Modi. In fact, it was Parrikar who called for a bigger role for Modi in the Lok Sabha polls before anyone did.

So when senior BJP leaders rang up Parrikar to issue a clarification after his interview to a foreign newspaper blog claiming that he could have done a better job in handling the 2002 Gujarat riots caused a storm, the Goa CM invited the media to undo the damage.

But quite few in the BJP know that Parrikar could have become the BJP president instead of Nitin Gadkari in 2010 — if only he had not called Advani an ‘old pickle’ that had lost taste. A question of rushing in where angels fear to tread.

Good morning London
Former foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai is the frontrunner for the post of Indian high commissioner to London, which is a coveted position. Navdeep Surie, who is now ambassador to Egypt, is in the race for Brussels or Berlin.

Surie, apparently, is the prime minister’s choice, though the foreign secretary had other ideas.


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