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Revolt brewing in DMK

Even before DMK MP Kanimozhi’s bail plea is decided upon by the CBI special court in the 2G case, the party is beset by a virtual revolt by one of its prominent dalit faces and former assembly Deputy Speaker Paruthi Ilamvazhuthi.

Piqued at being virtually shown the door after he quit his deputy general secretary’s post to protest against reinstating dissidents who worked against the party in recent elections, Ilamvazhuthi openly lamented that the DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was “losing control” over the party with heir-apparent M K Stalin taking unilateral decisions.

Ilamvazhuthi’s post was on Thursday filled by another dalit leader from Namakkal, V P Duraisamy, even as the former’s attempts to meet Stalin and sort out the issue was of no avail.

A fuming Ilamvazhuthi, breaching long-held intra-party discipline, called the media to declare that there were many in the DMK across Tamil Nadu suffering heartburns like him. “If need be, I will lead all such embittered souls,” warned Ilamvahuthi, in Vaiko style that has sent the party rattling!

M R Venkatesh, Chennai

Politically (in)correct

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s verbal consent to visit Punjab next month for the inauguration of the Khalsa Heritage Complex has left the opposition Congress in poll-bound Punjab in a tizzy.

The Congress does not want the prime minister to do the honours on the presumption that it would allow the ruling Akali Dal-BJP combine an advantage to score electoral points ahead of the elections. State Congress chief and former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh had even sought the intervention of party chief Sonia Gandhi on the issue at a recent meeting with her in New Delhi.

Whether or not the prime minister visits Punjab next month, the ruling combine in Punjab is flaying the state Congress for its stand, arguing that it was tantamount to discriminating with a non-Congress government in Punjab.

Capt Singh’s detractors, however, argue that the prime minister’s visit would not help the Akali Dal-BJP alliance in the elections as much as it would damage the Congress for its projection as a party opposed to non-congress states.

Gautam Dheer, Chandigarh

Lift ‘kara de’

Here is a sample of functioning in Bihar which boasts of a growth rate of 14.15 per cent, much ahead of Tamil Nadu (11.74 %) and Maharashtra (11.57 per cent).

A lift in the Raj Bhavan, the official residence of Governor Devanand Konwar, is out of order for the last ten days. The septuagenarian governor has problems in knees and as such can’t afford to use staircases to come down from his second floor room.

The governor’s office informed the energy department, which is responsible for the maintenance of the lift in the Raj Bhavan. But lo and behold! Before the officials could take up the complaint, the second lift too went kaput.

Even though Konwar left for Delhi to participate in the governors’ meet, he was reportedly miffed with the officials responsible for maintenance of the elevators.

Sources in the corridors of power aver that much like the governor, who is sitting over as many as six bills passed by the Bihar legislature, the officials in the energy department too are sitting over his complaints about elevators.

But then these things are bound to happen when the constitutional head of the state is not on good terms with the head of the government.

Abhay Kumar, Patna

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