Sudipda Does The Rounds

Updated: Mar 25 2004, 05:30am hrs
Rebel Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandopadhyay, who is contesting as an independent from Kolkata North-West constituency, wants to ride piggyback on the Gods to win the elections this time.

Otherwise, how does one explain his visits to various temples in his constituency, both famous and not so famous

Sudipda was never one for visiting temples, even at election time, say his bemused supporters. On Tuesday, Sudipda, facing formidable opposition from Kolkatas mayor Subrata Mukherjee, who is also Trinamools official candidate, was seen visiting six temples in the area with his entourage and offering puja.

His supporters say he will leave no temple unvisited to ensure his success at the hustings.

Family Shining!
Kerala chief minister AK Antony is on record saying that while India is shining, Kerala is drying. And this may be the case for most of the families in Gods own country. However, there is one exception.

Congresss old war horse, K Karunakarans family is indeed shining. After a protracted battle with the Antony faction, the ever-loving father has got a ministerial berth for his son K Muraleedharan, besides securing a sure assembly seat for him.

Furthermore, he secured for his daughter, Padmaja Venugopal, a seat to contest for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls which even led to a revolt among his supporters. The icing on the cake was when the high command decided to nominate Mr Karunakaran himself to the Upper House of Parliament. Who said dynastic rule is passe