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PB’s twisty take on the top five headlines of the day.
1. Raghuram Rajan says no to second term as RBI Governor
Rajan was naive to even contemplate of his chances to get a second chance. Jaitley never liked Rajan. So the odds of getting a second term was any way low. The new governor must be supplicant to BJP and the powerful industrialists. Otherwise, no second term. A PhD on economics will be a bonus.
2. Congress calls Savarkar ‘traitor’, gets legal notice
Savarkar was sentenced to two life terms of imprisonment totaling fifty years and was moved to the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He became a fierce critic of the Indian National Congress and its acceptance of India’s partition. Savarkar was an atheist and a staunch rationalist who disapproved of orthodox Hindu belief, dismissing cow worship as superstitious. He analysed the circumstances of 1857 uprising and assailed British rule in India as unjust and oppressive. It was via this book that Savarkar became one of the first writers to allude the uprising as India’s First War for Independence.
3. Mallya spotted in a public event in UK
He is trying to show that he is still relevant even after evading the law in India and enjoying the hospitality of Britain due to its liberal laws. The Indian High Commissioner did the right thing in leaving the venue the moment Mr Mallya arrived. It was the occasion of a book launch and anybody could walk in. Mr Jaitley has been frank in saying that fugitives from India get ”favored” asylum in some countries but the government must not spare any effort to bring the shrewd business tycoon back to India.
4. Reshuffle of Karnataka Cabinet to be Finalised on Saturday
That Sidramaya is given a free hand in the Ministry shows how weak the High Command has become. The exercise is being undertaken to tone up the government after the debacle of Congress in assembly polls in four states especially Assam recently. Karnataka is the only major state with the Congress in power after losing power recently in Kerala and Assam.
5. AAP likely to contest Gujarat polls, Kejriwal to sound bugle in July
Since several years,there was a vacuum in Gujarat politics – the absence of the Congress Party.
AAP will swallow the Congress Party in Gujarat in the polls. It will be BJP and AAP in Gujarat politics with Congress paving way for AAP.