1. From Kashmir crisis and Narendra Modi, ‘Bluffmaster Now in Delhi’ to Anandiben out in the cold; an insider’s account

From Kashmir crisis and Narendra Modi, ‘Bluffmaster Now in Delhi’ to Anandiben out in the cold; an insider’s account

At the G20 meet in Hangzhou, China, the host government made arrangements so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could eat Indian food, which he is accustomed to, rather than Chinese meals where vegetarian fare is sometimes suspect. Sudhir Mittoo, the manager of Tandoor, an Indian restaurant in Shanghai, was flown in to ensure that Modi got Indian meals of his taste, including kadhi and pakoras.

By: | Updated: September 18, 2016 6:41 AM
Jayesh Shah, a resident of Ahmedabad, wrote a book in Gujarati claiming that Narendra Modi had made many tall claims and he wanted to expose them. (Source: Reuters) Jayesh Shah, a resident of Ahmedabad, wrote a book in Gujarati claiming that Narendra Modi had made many tall claims and he wanted to expose them. (Source: Reuters)

Badly briefed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was annoyed by the negative media coverage on Kashmir and felt that his ministers were not doing a good job of explaining the true facts to journalists. Four senior ministers, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Venkaiah Naidu, were deputed to brief the media and put the Kashmir story in the “correct perspective”. The meeting was meant to be strictly “off the record’’, meaning that there could be no attribution of the sources. The media the next day carried reports on the Kashmir confrontation, weaving in the data they had been provided and attributed the background information to unnamed “sources”. Ironically, it was information and broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu who broke the cover by happily tweeting about the names of the ministers who had interacted with the media. He even tweeted that he had met the PM to brief him on the interaction.

Pre-poll moves

The BJP has decided not to reveal its hand about the presidential and vice-presidential elections due next year until the UP Assembly polls. While the NDA is comfortably placed in the electoral college for vice-president, the election for president is still open. The electoral college for president is much larger since MLAs are also voters. Already some back-channel proposals are being floated. The Congress and CPI(M) might want to nominate Vice-President Hamid Ansari. Since the AIADMK has some 50 MPs and around 124 MLAs in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Jayalalithaa would like to bargain with the NDA. She would give her support for the NDA presidential nominee provided she gets a Tamilian as Vice-President. The name making the rounds is that of M Thambidurai, the present deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha, who is in his fifth term as MP.

Out in the cold

That former chief minister Anandiben Patel is out of favour with the powers that be in Delhi is clear from the fact that she has not been made a state governor and continues as an ordinary MLA. With the backing of BJP president Amit Shah, the new chief minister, Vijay Rupani, is in the process of undoing several appointments made by his predecessor. Three promotee IAS officers in key positions in Surat, Gandhinagar and Morvi, all Patels, are reportedly the first slated to be transferred. All were close to Anandiben’s daughter Anar.

Bonanza for book

In 2012, Jayesh Shah, a resident of Ahmedabad, wrote a book in Gujarati claiming that Narendra Modi had made many tall claims and he wanted to expose them. The book, titled Feku, did not create much of a ripple. But two years later, when Modi became Prime Minister, the author changed the title and got it translated into English. The English title of the book was Bluff-Master Now in Delhi. With the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections round the corner, the book may get a new lease of life. It is being translated into Hindi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav wants to place an order for a huge consignment to be distributed in UP villages. A BJP worker in Gujarat approached the Gujarat High Court for a ban on the book, but his plea was dismissed.

Summarily ejected

The media wing of the Rajya Sabha, which handles accreditations and passes to journalists covering the Upper House, has been treated in a cavalier manner. Its spacious office on the ground floor of Parliament, next to the staircase, was a permanent fixture for many decades. Some time ago, the office was shifted to a small poky room to the rear, next to the post-office, which appeared to be a cordoned-off passageway. There was not enough place for journalists to stand, let alone sit. Now even this tiny room has been snatched away to make space for the personal staff of a senior official. Those summarily ejected from the room have been left to fend for themselves. Even furniture, including cupboards with important files, are lying out in the open.

Indian fare

At the G20 meet in Hangzhou, China, the host government made arrangements so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could eat Indian food, which he is accustomed to, rather than Chinese meals where vegetarian fare is sometimes suspect. Sudhir Mittoo, the manager of Tandoor, an Indian restaurant in Shanghai, was flown in to ensure that Modi got Indian meals of his taste, including kadhi and pakoras. The only Chinese preparation on the menu was stir-fried vegetables. Incidentally, Mittoo was a male model and actor in India in the 1980s.

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    Bankim
    Sep 19, 2016 at 1:39 am
    Agree with the present situation.
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    Drrkd Goel
    Sep 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm
    Mr. Narendra Modiji what you and your followers RSS / VHP / Bajrngdal / BJP workers are doing in Vadodara from 07.10.2001. And from 27.2.2002, sending all minorities to stan OR Kabristan. Read all the report's of PUCL Vadodara from 27.2.2002.The NGO'S are tottured only. Result's all are seeing now of 56 inches Vadodara Saffron Parivar from 27.2.2002.those given Muslim Terrorism against India.
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    Indian
    Sep 18, 2016 at 11:06 pm
    See report card/ progress of 50 years from Congress amd compare with 2 years of BJP Modi's report card. See swacch bharat, new roads, bank accounts, real estate regulation, foreign investments, stand on stan with US, so so many others. Help Gov who is working and talking. Not one who never talked about issues and never worked.
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    Rkd Goel
    Sep 22, 2016 at 12:49 pm
    From 07.10.2001, after he become BJP Chief Minister of Gujarat, he has given all licenses to his Vadodara RSS /VHP /BJP workers to lot as much money as possible on the cost of safety of Nation. We may go war also to remove the name of stan from the World map; as stan sponsoring the Muslim Jihadists / terrorism against India / World.Read==== Your Memories on FacebookDrrkd, we care about you and the memories you share here. We thought you'd like to look back on this post from 1 year ago.Drrkd GoelSeptember 21, 2015 �=======================================FORUM OF WHISTLE BLOWERS OF INDIAPresident.Dr.R.K.D.GoelPh: 2647677 Ph: 2357273 Ph: 2654710 Ph: 2640547 Ph: 2656688 Ph: 2638797ADDRESS: 1414-A, Akashdeep soc. B/H Akashwani, Makarpura Road, VADODARA -390 009Phone: 2647677: E-mail: ====================With=====================ociation of Residents of Housing Societies from Dandia Bazar to Makarpura-Vadodara----------------------------------------------------------------------News Paper report dated 23.6.2007 Express News ServiceStorm water drains: VMC chief says will repair but only after monsoonAhmedabad>Saay , June 23, 2007---------------------------------------------------------------------Vadodara, June 22: Vadodara Munil Commissioner M K Das on Friday promised a delegation from Tandalja that the civic body would take up the repair work of storm water drain, but only after monsoon. Afsar Sai, an engineer from UP, had died after falling into the open drain on Wednesday.Das said that until the work was done, security guards would be provided at the spot and fencing would be done.The delegation of residents had shooed away civic officials who came in the neighbourhood after police had fenced off the ditch. The residents are demanding prompt repairs and also compensation to the family of the deceased.While Sai’s colleagues ensured that his body had reached his native village in UP on Friday, residents of Tandalja took up the matters of civic neglect and negligence both with district and civic authorities.At a meeting with the munil commissioner, mayor and others, the residents demanded that the open storm water drain that also stands blocked at places be repaired on priority. “It was a logical and methodical representation. We have decided to post security guards and fencing at all such places. Our officials were shooed away by people today, but they promised co-operation for repairs in the area,’’ said Das.Admitting that the storm water drain in the area is also to be covered under National Urban Renewal Mission (NURM) programme, officials said it would be taken up in the second phase. The residents were, however, angry that local BJP councillors were keeping away from the area even after the accident. They want that Mayor Sunil Solanki visit the area to have a first-hand look.“Nobody is visiting the area, saying that it is predominantly Muslim, but that is no excuse, as at the end of day we are all Indian citizens,’’ argued Sadik Patel, who headed the delegation.============================================Dr.R.K.D.Goel, President Forum of Whistle-Blowers of India.BJP leader on why he feels Shahjahan Road must be renamedThe Mughal emperor was a symbol of lust and naming the road after Dashrath Manjhi would serve greater purpose.dailyoThis won't show in anyone else's News Feed unless you share itShareSee More MemoriesRelated Articles=======Tribute to 'Mountain Man', Modi and Suresh prabhu wants to take railways to Dashrath Manjhi's village - India Arising======= New Delhi: In what could be a ing tribute to Dashrath Manjhi, who is porly known as Bihar’s ‘Mountain Man’, Union Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu is planning to take railways to his village Gehlore. According to reports, though Manjhi’s village is now connected to its neighbouring towns and villages in a, but the nearest railway � 2,254 Shares====================================WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BATLA HOUSE DELHI AND AZAMGARH ENCOUNTERS?------------------------------------------------------------ARE NOT WE FROM VADODARA ( GUJARAT) Mr. NARENDRA MODIJI MOST CORRUPT VMC VADODARA BJP LEADERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR MUSLIM JIHADISTS STAN SPONSORED TERRORISM AGAINST INDIA FROM 2006?======================================Copy of this Face book To: - Mr. Narendra Modiji, Hon. BJP Prime Minister of India and Mr. Rajnath Singhji, Hon. Home Minister of India from 26.05.2016.================================ Are not the current JK Muslim Youths unrest in 2016==== Both of you are not responsible?-------------------------------------------------------------------------Dr.R.K.D.Goel,Born in Muzaffar Nagar (U.P.) in 1936 and was also a RSS Active worker from 1946 to 1955, til I was a Student of SD College of Muzaffar Nagar (U.P.). ====== On hit list to be killed by the Vadododra BJP Followers of Mr. Modiji from 07.10.2001; As I saved Muslims and Hindus in 2002 of Gujarat riots started from 2 PM from Vadodara Railway Station on 27.02.2002 and continued up to May, 2002 for more than two months and again repeion of Vadodara riots against Muslim on 01.05.2006.=Resulting Bomb Blasts in w India from 2006. SIMI / INDIAN MUJAHEDDIN TOOK RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOMB BLASTS IN INDIA FROM 2006. WHY??=======================================LikeShow more reactionsCommentShare
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    Sanjeev Akula
    Sep 18, 2016 at 4:00 am
    stupid le and useless article
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