Delhi Confidential: playing it safe

Despite the expected victory of its candidate Draupadi Murmu in the presidential election on Monday, the ruling BJP had ordered all its MPs to be present in the national capital on Saturday.

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Despite the expected victory of its candidate Draupadi Murmu in the presidential election on Monday, the ruling BJP had ordered all its MPs to be present in the national capital on Saturday. Party leaders said they didn’t want to take any risks as there could be unexpected obstacles at the last minute. MPs met on Saturday evening and there was a training session for them on how to vote. However, in the opposition camp of the Congress, the deputies did not receive any instruction or directive from the leadership of the party on the presidential election. Although there was no communication from the central leadership to party MPs on the presidential election, Kerala Congress MPs received a letter from BJP State Chairman K Surendran seeking their support in Muru.

“President Emeritus”

RAJYA SABHA Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu was pleasantly surprised on Sunday when Congress Leader Jairam Ramesh suggested the government create a post of “President Emeritus” in recognition of his contributions to the Upper House. Ramesh’s suggestion came during a meeting of Rajya Sabha floor leaders convened by Naidu, who is retiring as vice president next month. It was an emotional meeting with many opposition leaders praising Naidu, with whom they often had arguments and disagreements over various issues. Ramesh, in fact, said that Naidu used to get angry and irritated at opposition leaders at times, but he was a good person at heart and will be missed.

Travel to Kerala

SHORTLY AFTER the end of the monsoon session of Parliament, Environment Ministry officials have something to look forward to – the next meeting of the National Tiger Conservation Authority, which this time will be in Kerala. The latest NTCA meeting, held earlier this year, was held in Arunachal Pradesh – the first ever NTCA meeting to take place outside of New Delhi. This is the mandate of Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav, who has decided to expand policy making beyond the national capital. Yadav, who is also Minister of Labor, has also started to organize different meetings at the central level in the states – often interacting with the local population – to address the problems on the ground. Yadav has also increased the frequency of meetings of various committees and agencies.

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