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Padmaja won?t do a Gowda Jr

With Gowda Jr K. Kumaraswamy finally coming of age and kicking up a storm in Karnataka, all eyes are now on Padmaja Venugopal, daughter of veteran leader K. Karunakaran.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 02:39 IST

With Gowda Jr K. Kumaraswamy finally coming of age and kicking up a storm in Karnataka, all eyes are now on Padmaja Venugopal, daughter of veteran leader K. Karunakaran.

Padmaja has never been discreet about her ambitions. But ask her if she will be a “Kumaraswamy” and she swears: “I have always lived in my father’s shadow. I will never run him down.”

Padmaja has been out of active politics for a while now and is yet to assume an official position in her father’s fledgling party, DIC-K. She claims that she has no plans for a coup and is instead taking a break to be at home with her grandchild. With all that sibling rivalry, brother K. Muralidharan isn’t complaining.

People who have known Padmaja say the successful businesswoman — a leading television serial maker and exporter — is not one to remain silent for too long. With the assembly elections just around the corner and her father’s entry into the LDF camp becoming increasingly difficult, she will take the plunge soon. The question: Will her father be able to handle the ripple she creates in the process?

On thin ice

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy fractured his hipbone at Davos, where he was attending the World Economic Forum. Chandy slipped on snow while walking towards his car. If only he had heeded some prudent advice on his dress code. His officials had tried their best to get him to wear some woollens and warm blazers to beat the freezing temperature in Davos. But the chief minister insisted on taking off in his traditional mundu and half-sleeved white shirt.

Get the massage right

Before you head for those massage parlours promising eternal bliss in God’s Own Country, make sure you check them out first. In a bid to weed out seedy parlours that are up to no good, the government has promulgated an ordinance that spells out strict norms for these joints. To start with, masseurs of the opposite sex are out. In addition, parlours must carry details of patients, qualifications of masseurs, the oil used and the time of massage.

Role reversal

The High Court got a taste of its own pill when the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) slapped a notice on its registrar for illegally drawing water. It all began when the residents of Kochi’s Vyppin islands complained about the erratic water supply there. An inquiry revealed an illegal pipeline that was traced to the new court complex.

First Published: Jan 29, 2006 02:39 IST