Better late: Mallikarjun Kharge, the opposition leader in Rajya Sabha, hosted a dinner for Opposition vice presidential candidate Margaret Alva and leaders and MPs of opposition parties. For a moment everyone thought the host wouldn’t make it in time, da he was at the Herald House. In Kharge’s presence, the Enforcement Directorate conducted a search operation of Young Indian’s office. The veteran Congress leader managed to be over an hour late while senior leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and Tiruchi Siva waited. Kharge, 80, was with ED officers at the Young Indian office for almost eight hours.
The effect: DMK leadership’s complaint that senior congressional leaders refused to come to the House fountain or shout slogans to join the protests appears to have had an impact. On Thursday, Lok Sabha leaders such as Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari and Karti P. Chidambaram left their seats as soon as the Congress started the protests. Tewari even got involved in sloganeering. In the Rajya Sabha, Jairam Ramesh joined the rally, a rarity. On Wednesday, Dayanidhi Maran was heard asking congressmen if there was a “VIP section” in the party that didn’t have to come to the House fountain, prompting Congress leader Sonia Gandhi to leave her seat to briefly time to protest .
Speed Breaker: Not everyone seemed happy about how they did Tirangayatra – organized by the Ministry of Culture Wednesday – it turned out. While BJP MP Manoj Tiwari was upset at the Rs 41,000 fine imposed on him for riding a bike without a helmet, license and pollution and registration certificate, some of the other MPs didn’t appreciate the “attention” Tiwari received. Her claim was that “actors and stars” always steal the show. According to them, it wasn’t just Tiwari who was shot at by the police. Another BJP MP, Jayant Sinha, who was riding an electric bike with a helmet to spread the “green message,” was also frequently stopped by traffic police because they “couldn’t understand the concept of riding an electric bike without a license.” .
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