I scooped the report of Justice MC Jain inquiry into assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and conspiratorial angle,
for VAARTHA a Telugu Daily, much before it was handed over to Govt of India. With this the Inder Gujral Govt fell.Chacha Sitaram Kesri submitted withdrawal of Congress support to Gujral Govt. Chacha specially gave me a Lunch to persue the scoooped copy of the report. Ten to fifteen special scoop stories done by me
T K A Nair, principal secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), is likely to be appointed governor of Madhya Pradesh and former Chief Election Commissioner Naveen Chawla may become governor of Rajasthan. The official announcements are likely to be made soo according to Adhiti Phadnis, a senior journalist-who has been reporting Finance, Home ministries. Politically also when the CWG is to end in mid October,
AICC shuffle and Changes in the Union Government also expected. Sonia Gandhi is serious in finalising the team,said a senior aide of hers.
Coming to the main story of Governors,.Madhya Pradesh Governor Rameshwar Thakur’s term ended in November last year, he has been on an extension since then, frequently not keeping good health. The post of Rajasthan governor fell vacant following the death of Prabha Rau in April this year. Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil is currently holding additional charge of Rajasthan.
Although no decision has yet been taken on Nair’s successor, it could be any one of the three senior bureaucrats: A frontrunner is former cabinet secretary and member, Planning Commission, B K Chaturvedi, but the existing Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekhar (whose term ends in June next year) and 1974 batch IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh cadre, Pulok Chatterjee, are also in the running. Chatterjee has been secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi while she was Leader of the Opposition and has served in the PMO prior to his World Bank assignment.
Chaturvedi has considerable experience in running a government and, in government circles, has the reputation of a doer. K M Chandrashekhar has the advantage of a smooth move without losing time in transition. Chatterji is due to return from the World Bank where he is executive director till February 2012. So, if he returns to PMO, it will be more than a year ahead of completing his three-year term. ends