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The Trek Up Raisina Hill Proved Elusive for this Hopeful

The Trek Up Raisina Hill Proved Elusive for this Hopeful
Whom will Modi ji pick for the race to Raisina Hill? Media speculation has not been of much help.
The suspense was building. Whom will Modi ji pick for the race to Raisina Hill? Media speculation has not been of much help. And anyways, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have made a spectator sport of proving journalists wrong.

So, at the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting on June 19 to finalise the nominee for the Presidential elections, everyone present was as surprised by the final choice as you and me.

Among the hopefuls was a senior minister from the South who has been fancying his chances as the next President or, at least, Vice-President. An insider said that as soon as PM Modi began speaking this minister’s face fell. The PM said no member from the current pool of ministers can be spared for the top job. With only two more years left for the next general elections the PM said he wants all hands on the deck.

The dejected minister later poured out his sorrow - in which language we don't know, our protagonist speaks quite a few - to an opposition leader. "I wanted to move to a constitutional post, but it seems tough now," was what he apparently said.

They should have realised that no one would show....So why this lame excuse now?

- BJP Leader
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Congress's share of the grand alliance with the Samajwadi Party

A Raja Caught Between His Two Ranis: It's Battle Royale

A Raja Caught Between His Two Ranis: It's Battle Royale

When a poll battle between two ranis gets too hot for comfort, a raja is forced to descend to earth.

People in Amethi were treated to a spectacle this election. Sanjay Singh, the scion of the erstwhile ruling family of this region, going from door to door begging for votes like an aam neta. That's because it's a tough contest between Singh's present wife Amita and his former wife Garima. And he is taking it personally.

Party insiders tell us how Singh had been setting this up from the very beginning. Despite the presence of ally Samajwadi Party's Gayatri Prajapati in the scene, Singh fought with the party top brass to get a ticket for Amita. Now, with it boiling down to a direct fight between Amita Singh and Garima Singh, he's clearly nervous.

"I have chosen my side, and I will have to reconcile to whatever happens," he says philosophically.

Yes, may the best Singh win.