Off the record

Off the record

Sons of CMs united

Young parliamentarians — B Y Raghavendra (BJP), son of Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, Deepender Hooda (Congress), son of Haryana Chief Minister Bupinder Singh Hooda and Anurag Thakur (BJP), son of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister P K Dhumal have together met J P Agarwal, member of Lok Sabha recently.

The young turks requested Agarwal, now in great demand as chairman of Parliament House Allotment Committee, to allot independent bungalows to them instead of flats.
Of course the troika tried to appraise Agarwal about the threat perception they were facing as they were sons of important personalities.

It is another matter that none of the three is eligible for independent houses which are meant for senior MPs and those who have held ministerial positions earlier. But then, this does not stop MPs, especially those influential ones and sons of ‘netas’ for making a pitch for bungalows which are anyway in short supply.

Ajith Athrady, New Delhi

A fake Satyagrahi

Former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler, who was denied Lok Sabha ticket in March 2009 at the eleventh hour for his alleged role in 1984 Sikh riots, has been ‘rehabilitated’ by the party high command by making him the in-charge of Bihar state Congress replacing Iqbal Singh, who has been made the Lt Governor of Puducherry.

So, on his maiden visit to Patna after taking charge, this protégé of Sanjay Gandhi (and later Rajiv Gandhi) was trying to infuse some fresh energy into the moribund Congress and boost the morale of Congressmen. Tytler was full of bluster. He announced that he would launch an agitation to oust the Nitish Kumar regime, much like Gandhiji had started a satyagraha against the Britishers. “I will start my agitation from where Gandhiji had done so,” he said, but could not recall the name of the place.

Someone from the party had to remind the former Young Turk that it was Champaran, where Bapu had launched an indigo movement in 1919.

As a visibly embarrassed Tytler sheepishly looked here and there. A wag remarked: Having moved with ‘fake’ Gandhis, after all, what does the poor chap know about the real Gandhi?

Abhay Kumar, Patna

No fizz, Fiza

Fiza Mohammed is back from the jungles of Malaysia after being ousted from Sony’s reality show, ‘Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachhao’.

Though happy to be home in time for her birthday bash, Fiza has a grouse: her now-on, now-off hubby dear, Chand Mohammed, did not call to wish her happy birthday.

“I do not trust him anymore”, she says of Chand, former deputy chief minister of Haryana who had dramatically come back to her just before she was going to shoot for the reality show. Only a few months ago he had ‘divorced’ her through an SMS.

Fiza’s only claim to fame was her sensational marriage to the already married politician that made national headlines. But her distrust of her vacillating hubby runs deep. She does not even believe reports that Chand has sustained a fracture in his leg.

The participants in the show were always pestering her for details about her love life, affair and turbulent marriage to Chand. “But I maintained my dignity and silence for I do not believe in such gossip,” Fiza says.

Speaking about her 14-day stay in the jungles for the reality show, Fiza says, “it was neither so good, nor so bad”.

She captured five pythons as one of the tasks on the show but the time she took to catch them was not good enough for her to retain her place on the show.

Rajesh Deol, Chandigarh

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