Opposition Within

Updated: Sep 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
For a moment, finance minister P Chidambaram must have thought that he was facing the Opposition in Parliament. Such was the attack from Congress leaders at Congress Bhavan in Bhubaneswar.

When he visited the state recently, his party colleagues berated him about inflation, and one leader even began listing the prices of potatoes, onions and other vegetables. Others wanted to know what special package the finance minister proposed to extend to the state.

Mr Chidambaram finally lost his cool. He tried to remind the local leaders that they were not in the state assembly, where they sit in the Opposition. You must remember that you are talking to a party colleague, and not to the state assembly, a flabbergasted Chidambaram told them. He also advised them to save the power of their vocal chords for the Orissa assembly.

Son Rises In CII
Even though CII chief mentor, Tarun Das, is no more involved in executive operations, his legacy remains at the CII headquarters.

Das (Jr) was recently spotted at the CII headquarters with a mediaperson. The second son of Das Sr is very unlike his father as he has no grand plans of corporate institution-building. Rather than GDP and industrial growth, his goal in life at the moment is confined largely to the football maidan. Das (Jr), a trained artist, runs a non-government organisation which trains children and youngsters between 6 and 18 years to be good footballers. So why was CII the interview venue The truth is that the venue was suggested by the mediaperson. Saves on time.