Nora Chopra is a senior journalist with a finger on the pulse of the Indian political scene

Wealth manager lands client in trouble

Those who depend on their wealth managers in banks to handle their investments should be extra careful. Recently a doctor from Kolkata, Arijit De had to run from pillar to post when his wealth manager in a foreign bank traded without any authorisation on his behalf and caused a massive loss. Despite complaints, the regulator SEBI or the bank did nothing until De filed an FIR. The bank woke up and compensated the amount as a goodwill gesture. Will the government take note of this?

Permanent AICC employee removed

A permanent employee working in the Congress headquarters of 24 Akbar Road for 17 years, Shekhar, has been rudely removed by the communications department of the party. Shekhar, who had started at the Congress headquarters as a peon, graduated to become a Hindi typist attached to the department. Congress' new media secretary, S.V. Ramani is alleged to have replaced Shekhar, an OBC, with a lady typist for a higher salary. Shekhar is now running around to get his job back but nothing is working for him. When asked, both Motilal Vohra and Randeep Surjewala denied making any such appointments. In effect, Surjewala, who heads the department, said that he did not know what was going on there. Meanwhile, Ramani is lobbying hard to become the vice president of the Tamil Nadu Pradesh Congress Committee.

PC learns emailing

The digital bug has bit even top Congress leaders. P. Chidambaram, who did not know how to use even a computer until a few years ago, is now interacting with party leaders through emails. Ahmad Patel has got himself a Twitter account and is quite active on it.

Trinamool pays homage to Jan Sangh founder

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has done the unthinkable according to "secular" standards. Her government has paid homage to one of the Jan Sangh founders, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, who had iconic status in Bengal, but was never remembered during the 34-year Left rule. His photograph was put up at the Keortala crematorium, where his statue also stands. All Trinamool Congress MPs and MLAs were directed to offer their tribute to Mukherjee on his death anniversary this week. This is being seen as a sign of her increasing proximity to the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. In fact, she even sent a crate full of mangoes to the Prime Minister, his Cabinet colleagues and the President of India. But unlike her earlier practice, she did not send any mangoes to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. When her officers asked whether they should include Sonia Gandhi's name on the list, she replied in the negative.

Congress divided over yoga

The Congress decision to boycott International Yoga Day events has triggered a debate within the party. Some are worried that by boycotting the event the Congress has added fuel to the criticism that it is against the majority community and believes in Muslim appeasement. There is also considerable division in the party over whether, or not, Sonia Gandhi should host an iftar to mark Ramzan. A section in the party is opposing the holding of an iftar in view of A.K. Antony's report last year saying that Congress was viewed as a pro Muslim party, which resulted in the polarisation of votes.

Rahul unlikely to face party election

Rahul Gandhi is likely to be nominated to the post of Congress president, and not face an election. The party will also not conduct any organisational elections. This is because the Congress leadership is worried that an election process may split the party. There is much unhappiness in the Congress and the leadership is worried that even Rahul's election is unlikely to be a token in nature. The Congress has also extended its membership drive indefinitely. The drive, which was supposed to be completed by 15 June, was extended as it's getting a poor response from the youth.

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