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

Khurshid Ahmed on way out

Khurshid Ahmed may be on his way out as the chairman of the minority department of the All India Congress Committee. The speculation gained momentum after he was sidelined in Sonia Gandhi's iftar party, in which all arrangements including the choice of cuisines and sending out invites were done by his predecessor Imran Kidwai under the guidance of Ahmed Patel, political secretary of the Congress president. Whereas his detractors shared space with Rahul Gandhi, Khurshid was ignored.

Somnath says no to politics

Somnath Chatterjee is in no mood to return to active politics. The former CPM leader, who was expelled from the party in 2008 after he refused to step down from the post of Lok Sabha Speaker and vote against the Manmohan Singh government, has not responded positively to overtures made by political parties including the Congress. Even present CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury could not persuade "Dada" to return to politics. Chatterjee, however, has agreed to campaign for the Left when Assembly elections take place in West Bengal in 2016.

BJP will take RSS help in membership drive

BJP is planning to take out a "Mahasampark Yatra" to give a boost to its enrolment drive across the country. The party thinks that the leadership in the states is incapable of singularly channelising the enrolment process. So it is contemplating to seek the help of the RSS to streamline the drive, following which the party will initiate the process of electing new state presidents.

Anil Swarup is a star babu

Anil Swarup, Coal and Mining Secretary, is the new star bureaucrat at the Prime Minister's Office. He is credited for the successful auction of the mines. He is said to have paved the way for the smooth passage of the Coal and Mining Bill by coaxing state governments that they too would benefit from it. Swarup's efforts do not end here. Apparently, the UP cadre official is currently writing a book which would give a clean chit to former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh in the Babri demolition incident, which has plagued the BJP for over two decades.

No Apple watches yet in india

After failing to obtain approval for spectrum necessary for using Apple watches with iPhone, the company is looking for a corporate manager who would be able to obtain timely approvals including the launch of its retail store here. India allows single brand retail and stipulates that at least 30% of the value of products should be sourced locally. Apple, which does not source anything from anywhere other than from its few designated partners, is in trouble.

‘For Muslims only’

When a journalist rang up the Rashtrapati Bhawan to ask for an invite to the President's iftar, one of the President's aides said that the passes were meant for Muslim journalists only. Since the President had invited political leaders cutting across religious lines, it is not known why this differentiation was made when it came to journalists.

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