Bric a brac : Piyush Goyal out of the race?

CHARTERED accountant-turned-politician Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is one of the smartest ministers in the Narendra Modi cabinet. Modi also has high expectations from him irrespective of his alleged financial aberrations. He has recently been very active and played an important role in the UP Rajya Sabha elections. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also impressed by his working style. Goyal is close to ailing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Many in the BJP’s ruling clique had thought that in Jaitley’s absence, charge of the Finance Ministry would be given to Piyush Goyal. But everything is never as it seems. Before the move could materialise, it was reported by a news website that Goyal is allegedly connected with Mumbai-based laminates maker Shirdi Industries which has defaulted on Rs. 650 crore. The timing of the news was important. Sources disclosed that a newly nominated Rajya Sabha member hinted of the scam to the news website. It’s also disclosed that the said Rajya Sabha member desires to be the new Finance Minister, a dream which he has nurtured for the last two years. Modi seems unfazed by the turn of events but the buzz is that Modi will keep the Finance Ministry himself and will manage with efficient officials of the ministry. Goyal for the time being is out of the race.

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Bric a brac : West Bengal, ahoy

FOR all those who desire to enter Parliament, the BJP has become the new breeding centre. People from all walks of life are aspiring to be candidates in the 2019 parliamentary elections. And many are looking at West Bengal. This is not surprising as the BJP does not have candidates for all 42 parliamentary and 295 assembly seats in the State. This has created an opportunity for opportunist and uncouth young boys who have somehow managed to penetrate the system of BJP and Amit Shah. Some of these young boys, who hail from Bihar, Odisha and eastern UP, have located parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal and are regularly visiting the area. As these boys already have access to the BJP’s central office through its many departments, they pose as central office representatives which gives them an edge and access to the negligible leadership. Some of these boys have also rented accommodation in Kolkata. To get further, some have even hired the services of Bangla language teacher to be able influence the voters by claiming themselves as local politician. So, if you don’t have any seat to contest and are eager to enter the BJP bandwagon, rush to West Bengal and choose a constituency, who knows you may be an MP soon!

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Bric a brac : The rise of Baluni

THE selection of Rajya Sabha candidates by the BJP has bewildered many in the ‘saffron-camp’. The BJP has even accommodated politicians who were persona non grata for the RSS. Narendra Modi and Amit Shah seem to have selected candidates as per the latter’s utility as a politician. Also, many were surprised when RSS’ prominent face Ram Madhav’s name was not in the list whereas an unknown face like Anil Baluni from Uttarakhand scored a position in the Upper House. Baluni was once a stringer to minor newspapers like Kuber Times and JVG Times. With time, both the newspapers shut down and Baluni began visiting the BJP and RSS’ Delhi offices. Here he came in touch with Sunder Singh Bhandari. When Bhandari became the Governor of Gujarat, he made Baluni his Officer on Special Duty. This was sometime around 2001. It was the same time when Modi took over as Gujarat Chief Minister. Baluni then played a role of the medium of communication between Modi and Bhandari. Unfortunately, Bhandari passed away and a grieved Baluni reached out to Modi. Modi then appointed Baluni as the spokesperson of Uttarakhand BJP. When Modi came to power at the Centre, Baluni too emerged as the national spokesperson of the BJP. Modi, it is known, never forgets his trusted aides and as a testimony to that, Baluni was obliged with a Rajya Sabha seat. In an aside, veteran leader of Uttarakhand BC Khanduri must be bemused to see Baluni’s rise, a man he snubbed when he was the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

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GLOBE SCAN : China’s Belt Road – Great opportunity for India

EVEN as the military stand-off between India and China at Doklam was amicably resolved on India’s terms last year, much of the media and many strategists in India have continued to express serious apprehensions about China’s growing hegemonic ambitions in the region. The recent news of the Communist Party of China (CPC) endorsing Xi Jinping’s term as President for Life has given a fillip to these apprehensions in the politico-diplomatic circles throughout the world, but more so in India. Ever since Xi came to power in 2013, he has embarked upon revamping the government machinery, including purging the military and the Party of corrupt leaders.

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GOVERNANCE : The omniscient bureaucrat

YOU love them, you hate them; you praise them, you decry them; but, you can neither be rid of them nor ignore them. Welcome to the universe of bureaucrats. It spans governments, corporates, banks and financial institutions the world over. They are like the framework around which is woven the fabric of administration of the entity they are a part of. Entire structure supports, feeds and, at higher echelons, executes with a view to fulfilling the objectives of the organisation. In India, the civil services man the top echelons of government, after being duly selected by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

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