Seconds after the high-profile announcements of loan waivers for farmers by MP and Chattisgarh government, the newly-elected Congress government in Rajasthan wanted to go the same way.
In a move that has raised eyebrows, the Sandesara Brothers of Sterling Biotech have offered an out-of-court settlement for the debt-ridden company. Saddled with a bad debt of Rs 16,000 crore, the Sandesara brothers, currently on the run from India, have offered Rs 5,500 crore to lenders.
Singh was a part of the Kings X1 Punjab in the previous edition of the tournament after being purchased for his base price of Rs 2 crore. His was dropped from the playing XI after a poor run with the bat, he scored 65 runs in eight matches.
The BJP, on the other hand, is putting behind the recent reverses suffered in the three Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. The ruling party is betting on its biggest vote catcher, PM Modi, to turn the tide and romp home again in Lok Sabha elections to be announced in next 10 weeks.
The challenge from the principal opposition, the Congress, comes after four years of unchallenged domination of the BJP - both at the centre and majority of state assemblies.
Two names doing the rounds are that of Hasmukh Adhia, who retired as finance secretary on November 30 this year, and former economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das who retired earlier.
Political parties have begun their warm up exercises for the next Lok Sabha elections even as they await the results of the polls to five regional assemblies. The opposition is expected to make it difficult for the Narendra Modi government to push through its legislative agenda during the winter session beginning Tuesday.
Every election sees multiple exit polls fuelled by a combination of television rating dynamics and psephology. One such effort panned out last Friday for the assembly elections in the five states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram.
Nearly three decades ago, Dipten Dey, my classmate from Delhi’s Raisina Bengali School, worked as a personal assistant of Mamata Banerjee. She was a rising politician, a handful of pockmarked Communist leaders in Kolkata described her as “a troublesome youngster."