While L K Advani's autobiography was used by the BJP in the 2009 Lok Sabha campaign to provide an insight into the life and career of BJP's prime ministerial candidate, their new prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's life and career is now getting propagated in an unconventional way. Raj Comics has come out with a comic book - Pragati Purush: Narendra Modi - chronicling Modi's early life through cartoons. This new release by Raj Comics is listed among its best-sellers in last six months on its website.
Back in BJP
IN what may come as a blow to the Congress — at least in terms of public perception and symbolism — late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri's son Sunil Shastri is set to join the Bharatiya Janta Party on Friday. A minister in Congress government in UP in 1980s, Shastri had joined the BJP in 2000 and become a general secretary along with Narendra Modi. The BJP later nominated him to the Rajya Sabha. Subsequently, he floated his own outfit Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan and returned to the Congress ahead of the 2009 general elections. His return to the BJP comes at a time when the opposition party is seeking to "usurp" Congress's stalwart Lal Bahadur Shastri's legacy.
Wall of fame
THE Lok Sabha Secretariat is busy procuring photographs of all former Lok Sabha presiding officers and its pre-Independence "avtar", the Central Assembly. The plan is to display them on a single wall in the outer lobby of the House. Nice idea, but the point has not been missed by anyone. Given the latest election results, Speaker Meira Kumar has obviously seen the writing on the wall. Let us see where the list stops.
THOUGH the two were not known to be the best of friends when President Pranab Mukherjee was still in politics, Mamata Banerjee never forgets to bring bouquets and sweets to him on his birthdays. This year, too, Mamata extended her stay in the capital to wait for his return from South Africa and went to the President's House with the usual treat on Wednesday. A warm though jetlagged Mukherjee urged her to stay for another day so that the two could spend more time to exchange views. She readily agreed.