Delhi Confidential: Sticking to the topic

As part of the BJP’s Samajik Nyay Pakhwada programme, Union Minister Giriraj Singh addressed the media from the party’s platform on Friday. When asked to speak about Prime Minister Awas Yojana, Singh, who is known for his controversial community-sounding remarks, was nervous about the press conference as it was his first time addressing the public. journalists at the BJP headquarters. Before the press conference, he repeatedly told himself that he had to stick to the plan. After his first remarks, in which he compared the number of houses built under this government with that of previous ones, Singh announced that he would not answer any questions other than those about the project. After the press conference was over, Singh was heard thanking God and his stars for sticking to the topic and not touching on any contentious issues.

Once bitten…

The Congress leadership had been in talks over the past few days to effect a changing of the guard in party unity in Himachal Pradesh, where Assembly elections are due later this year. And there has been intense lobbying from the major factions. It seems that the central leadership has finally decided not to change the chairman of the CCP or the leader of the PLC. The party’s rout in neighboring Punjab, where Congress changed its chief minister and CCP chairman months before the election, is fresh in the minds of leaders. The party, sources say, could appoint four active chairpersons, including the late Virbhadra Singh’s son, Vikramaditya. And for the campaign committee chief, an important position, the party is said to be considering the likes of former state unit chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, Dhani Ram Shandil and Kaul Singh Thakur. Some leaders are of the view that top leader Anand Sharma should lead the campaign committee.

Travel to the United States

DEFENSE MINISTER Rajnath Singh visits the United States with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. During the April 11-14 trip, the ministers will participate in the 4th USA 2+2 Dialogue which will review bilateral cooperation in Washington DC. They will also meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Singh will meet with Austin separately at the Pentagon to discuss defense industrial collaboration as well as military-to-military engagements. He is also due to visit the US-Indo Pacific Command HQ in Hawaii.

Jessica C. Bell