Call Of Duty
During the voting on the Delhi Services Bill in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, the JD(U) had issued a whip for Deputy Chairman Harivansh to cast his vote as a party MP. This presented a dilemma for Harivansh, as disobedience of the whip could have had consequences. The quandary was over for him as Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar positioned Harivansh in the Chair at the time of voting.
A day after the NDA comfortably ensured passage of the NCT Bill in Rajya Sabha, the ruling alliance was in for a minor surprise in the election to fill up four vacancies to the Court of Aligarh Muslim University. The BJP had fielded three candidates — Ghulam Ali, Harnath Singh Yadav and Kanta Kardam. Congress’s Imran Pratapgarhi and CPI(M) leader A A Rahim was in the fray from the Opposition side. The voting on Tuesday saw Pratapgarhi and Rahim secure 53 and 49 votes, respectively, and BJP’s Ali and Yadav bagging 39 and 38 votes, respectively. Kardam lost out after getting 35, the least number of votes among the five.
A Soft Dig
On Tuesday morning, as the no-confidence debate was to take place in Parliament, the BJP released a video on Twitter that appears to take a dig at the Opposition’s INDIA bloc. The video, with the caption “Naam badalne se kaam nahi badalta (loosely translated, it means merely changing the name does not change one’s actions)”, conveys its perspective on current issues through the journey of a student who isn’t doing well in life. His mother suggests that he change his name, and he dreams things will change once he does so, only to realise that it has no real impact. The short clip ends with a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer: “This video has nothing to do with UPA or INDIA.”