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Back to roots

ARVIND Menon is an influential BJP leader in Madhya Pradesh. He is a Malayali by birth, but a " Benarasi babu" by heart till the other day.

Having spent a substantial period of his life in Varanasi before moving to Bhopal, he has almost forgotten his Kerala roots. Not exactly. Now that the Delhi durbar is run by powerful Malayali bureaucrats, Menon has rediscovered his roots and never stops short of flaunting it.

This has made former BJP ideologue and Menon's mentor, Govindacharya, wonder why the BJP secretary is now reluctant to talk about his years in Varanasi.

Krishna's jet lag

WHAT has been the toughest challenge for S. M. Krishna as the foreign minister? International travel, to be precise! Krishna cited his 15- hour flight from Dubai to Sao Paulo to drive home his predicament. Long international flights are taking a toll on the Union external affairs minister. Well, he can hand over his foreign assignments to someone younger and eager, probably somebody who is accustomed to flying New York- New Delhi.

Cadre comes first

THE CONGRESS is a top- heavy party and not a cadre- based one. That's old hat.

In the BJP- ruled Karnataka, this truth about the grand old party is even more evident.

Congressmen are hardly visible in the state. In fact, S. M. Krishna had to prod his partymen to be in the Congress office in Bangalore when he came visiting on the sidelines of the Russia- India- China foreign ministers' conclave in the city.

He asked them to follow Rahul Gandhi's ' cadre comes first' policy.

Patrol party

SHIV Sena's Uddhav Thackeray is in a hurry to win back Mumbaikars' votes he lost to his cousin.

He has asked Shiv Sainiks to patrol Mumbai's parks and streets to protect morning- walkers. This will not only help him win the people's hearts, but also reduce the bloated waistline of the Sainiks. They have been reduced to couch potatoes ever since Raj Thackeray's men took over the streets to clean up the malaise afflicting Maharashtra, quipped a Congress leader.

Transforming trip

A VISIT to 10, Janpath can do wonders.

Look what it has done to Congress MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy, the son of late Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Till the other day, he was the problem child and his supporters impetuously tried to hoist him to the CM's chair. Today, a mellowed Jagan is willing to throw his weight behind Congress candidates for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation ( GHMC) elections slated for November.

Looking at Jagan's transformation, someone said Ajit Pawar should also be sent to 10, Janpath.

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Date:Oct 30, 2009
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