After all, who says 13 is an unlucky number? Prime Minister Narendra Modi started many important schemes on this date in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi. He started the world’s longest cruise journey from Varanasi to Dibrugarh on 13 January. There, on December 13, 2021, he inaugurated the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor. The total weight of the four doors of the corridor made in 13-13 sections is 13 tonnes. Modi was declared the BJP’s PM candidate on 13 September 2013. After becoming an MP from Varanasi in 2014, suite number 13 in the Banaras Locomotive Works complex was renovated for his stay.
tug of war for command
The top leaders of the Grand Alliance may be expressing solidarity with each other, but in Bihar, the tussle between the second line leaders of RJD and JD(U) is intensifying. RJD leaders want that the command of the government should come to Tejashwi Yadav soon, while the people of JD (U) want to continue the supremacy of Nitish Kumar. Education Minister Chandrashekhar, who came into limelight by raising questions on Ramcharitmanas, tweeted one day, “Educated Bihar, Tejaswi Bihar.” In response, JD(U) chief spokesperson Neeraj Kumar tweeted, “Educated Kumar, educated Bihar. ”
Neither here nor there?
Cousin Rahul Gandhi put an end to the speculation about BJP MP Varun Gandhi joining the Congress, saying that both have different ideologies. Rahul said, “I can meet him, hug him, but cannot accept that ideology.” There was talk that Varun might join the Bharat Jodo Yatra. During this visit in UP, in an old speech that went viral, Varun was seen saying that he has no problem with the Congress. Some people of UP Congress believe that a firebrand leader is needed in the state, but Priyanka Gandhi is already in charge of the state. What will happen next if Varun leaves BJP?
In the BJP’s national executive meeting held in New Delhi, party leaders were worried about overtime. The leaders from outside Delhi had prepared their programs for the evening of the first day. But all his programs got derailed when Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not get involved in a tussle with the executive. He expected that the Prime Minister, who had come before the appointed time in the executive, would leave by seven-eight in the evening. But the Prime Minister stayed till 10 o’clock. Those leaders who had booked return tickets for the next day were more upset due to the deterioration of their personal programmes.
What is the threat to the minister’s politics
Pratap Singh Khachariawas, a minister coming from Civil Lines in Rajasthan, is considered expert in handling his political rivals. But these days he himself is feeling insecure. Till a few years ago, the minister was considered to be a special lieutenant of Sachin Pilot. When the pilots became weak, they became special to Ashok Gehlot. When Gehlot’s pulse was seen weakening, he again appeared with the pilot. Before Congress, he was the charioteer of BJP. Now he is feeling threatened by both Congress and BJP. To deal with this menace, whose side will the minister hold now?
—With Ashish Mishra, Himanshu Shekhar, Anand Chowdhary and Pushyamitra