Off the record

Lalu-Rabri son non-matriculate

Very few people in and outside Bihar had this knowledge that Lalu Prasad’s younger son and the heir apparent in the RJD, Tejaswi Yadav, has not even completed his matriculation. Till the soft-spoken junior Yadav filed his nomination papers as the RJD nominee from Rag-hopur constituency. His affida-vit shows he studied in DPS RK Puram, New Delhi till class IX and then discontinued his further studies in 2006 – at a time when his father was presiding over the railway ministry.

The cricketer-turned-politician, who had a brief stint with IPL team Delhi Daredevils, has padded up for a new innings from the constituency which his father and mother represented during their stint as CMs. However, another notable point is that the unemployed social activist Tejaswi has a moveable asset worth Rs 1.4 crore, while an immovable one to the tune of Rs 91.5 lakh, which he claims to have inherited. As the Bihar poll hots up, his rivals may question his assets in a state which saw Lalu-Rabri battling a DA case worth Rs 48 lakh for nearly a decade.
Abhay Kumar, Patna
Learning from seniors

Senior advocates, apart from helping the Supreme Court in interpretation of laws, are also known to share regularly their enriching experience with students in law colleges. Eminent jurists like Ram Jethmalani even take leave from the court for days altogether, keeping aside for a while even important public interest cases, to pursue what they call as their “passion”.

The other day when senior advocate Indira Jaising sought an adjournment in a case expressing her engagement to teaching, Justice T S Thakur, presiding over the bench, could not stop but observe, “that’s a fairly good proposition. We wo-uld surely allow you. But you do a lot of teaching here too.” The remark by the bench was an acknowledgement of the contribution by senior advocates in helping courts in deci-ding intricate question of laws and helping budding lawyers in deciphering the statutes.
Ashish Tripathi, New Delhi

War over Sanstha

The arrest of right-wing Sanatan Sanstha in the murder of activist Govind Pansare has led to a political war of sorts. But tactfully, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the home portfolio, managed to stay calm.

However, Revenue and Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse went to the extent of saying, “If Sanatan is to be banned, what about MIM”. Former CM Prithviraj Chavan said his government sent a proposal to the Centre seeking Sanstha ban. However, his party colleague and then Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said he does not recall.
Mrityunjay Bose, Mumbai

Badal’s US gift

In the last decade or so, Punjab and Haryana chief ministers manifesting a bonhomie of sorts has been rather unusual. That’s also because these two states have had opposing Congress and BJP governments and many unaddressed inter-state issues. But with a BJP government in power in Haryana, things have changed.

In the last 10-days, not only has Haryana CM M L Khattar hosted a lavish breakfast for his Punjab counterpart Parkash Singh Badal, he also gifted the latter a souvenir specially brought from the US. The breakfast with the senior Badal was followed by another breakfast with his son and Deputy CM Sukhbir. Khattar said while he was in US on a recent tour, he made sure he picked up a gift for Badal. The signs of changing times are setting pace for the possibility of addressing long pending inter-state issues.
Gautam Dheer, Chandigarh

Padyatra politics

In an obvious attempt to impress voters before the next year’s panchayat elections in Odisha, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and principal opposition Congress have chalked out plans for a series of ‘Padyatras’ across Odisha. Party president and Chief Minister Nav-een Patnaik was to flag off the march in Bhubaneswar on October 2. Party workers and lea-ders would hold similar walk-athons across the state which will continue till October 9.

To counter BJD’s “Padyatra politics”, the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee has announced similar marches all over the state from the day. However, the party’s walk-athons would not be restricted to a few days only. They will continue till March next year in phases. The party has said that the main objective of the mega show would be to make people aware of the ‘failures’ of the BJD government.
S T Beuria, Bhubaneswar

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