BJP sidelights

Their wait & his wait

BJP national president Amit Shah's arrival at a private resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru, the venue of the day-long meeting of the party to review Assembly poll preparations, was delayed by five hours due to fog at the New Delhi airport.

The media waiting at the resort sough a byte from Shah on the recent political developments in the country in general and Karnataka in particular, but to no avail. "We have been waiting for five hours for your byte," the media told Shah, to which the BJP chief shot back, "I too was waiting inside the plane for five hours."

Rabble rousers turn backbenchers
Union Minister of State for Skill Development Anantkumar Hegde, who recently courted controversy for his remarks on the Constitution and Pratap Simha, the BJP yuva morcha president and Mysore-Kodagu MP, were seen sitting in the back rows. Simha had taken on the police during a recent protest rally in Hunsur, Mysuru district. They remained to themselves and did not interact much. Sources said the duo have been told by the party's central leadership not to take an aggressive stand on issues.

Prasad absent

Senior party leader V Srinivas Prasad, who on Saturday called Hegde and BJP leader G Madhusudan fanatics and idiots for their remarks on the Constitution, stayed away from Sunday's meeting. Prasad, who had quit the Congress and joined the BJP, had unsuccessfully contested the bypoll from the Nanjangund Assembly constituency. Prasad, it is learnt, is feeling sidelined in the party.

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