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Unanswered question

The Bharatiya Janata Party is leaving no stone unturned to make its proposed Hoonkar rally in Patna a grand success.

Perceived to be the saffron party’s biggest show of strength on Nitish turf, the BJP has organised the rally at the historic Gandhi Maidan  on October 27.

The party leaders have already booked 11 trains, dozens of buses and several hundreds four-wheelers to fetch people from across the State. A few LED screens would be installed at some vantage points in the State Capital for the convenience of the elderly and disabled persons, who would not be able to make it to the Gandhi Maidan. This will be apart from the 25 LED screens which would be installed around the meeting venue.

Maintaining the tradition of the RJD to entertain its crowd, the BJP has roped in Bhojpuri singer Manoj Tiwari, who last month joined the saffron brigade.

The party has decided who all will sit along with the star attraction - Modi - on the dais. But one question no one is willing to answer is: Will the other star attraction and Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha be formally invited for the rally which is being held in Shotgun’s fiefdom. If yes, will he share the dais with Modi, with whom he reportedly does not enjoy a good equation? Or, like Nitish, Shatru, too will remain out of the state capital on October 27 owing to ‘prior engagements’?
Abhay Kumar, Patna

Kejriwal’s new agenda

It is well known that Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadami Party are adamant on changing the way political parties function. Coming out with their own opinion poll, they have reinforced the perception. But, it remained hard for the people to digest their latest exercise. It was quite natural that people should question its authenticity.  As usual, party leaders confidently pleaded that it was up to the people to decide. Also, they indirectly attacked all the surveys, including that being done by media organisations to drive home the point that they were left with no option other than to conduct a survey of their own.
 
However, their effort has met with a strong resistance from both media and the political parties. The parties’ objection may not be taken seriously because, in any case, they will do that. But, how can the AAP ignore angry responses from media?

“Nothing is wrong in political party’s coming out with its own survey,” AAP leader  Yogendra Yadav tries to down play the controversy. But the extent of resentment among media-persons can be gazed by the assertion of a senior journalist, “Do your job and leave us to do our job.”

“May be the new party wishes to clean the media,”  a journalist remarked.
Anil Sinha, New Delhi

Yesudas and signature tune

Iconic singer K J Yesudas gained some extra popularity in the Kochi-based southern naval command earlier this week when many officers used a 1979 song from a movie titled Sunayna as the caller tune of their cellphones.

 The change in the caller tune coincides with the induction of Navy's latest offshore patrol vessel, the INS Sunayana, which was commissioned by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, the commanding in chief of the southern naval command.

The name of the indigenous OPV may have brought back old memories as many officers and sailors were in their teens when the movie featuring Naseruddin Shah, Rameshwari and the super-hit Yesudas song was released.
Kalyan Ray, New Delhi

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