Politics is often about playing musical chairs. And Rajeev Shukla, state Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, may have finally managed to negotiate the minefield that is Rajya Sabha by reassigning seats for two very special members.
As this diarist had reported yesterday, Jaya Bachchan‘s request to be moved out of her earlier seat, which would be dangerously close to that of debutante Rekha, had put Shukla’s office in a fix. But the good news is, he may have been able to work out a solution after all. After some careful permutation and combination, the minister has swapped Mrs Bachchan’s seat with another party colleague, at 143, far away from her previous 91. As for Rekha, we believe she will be allocated 97 or 98.
Incidentally, it is customary for all Rajya Sabha members nominated by the president to be seated together. And from what we hear, Sachin Tendulkar will be in the good company of Javed Akhtar. Given how our nominated members have not been overtly fond of attending the sessions, one wonders if the brouhaha over seats is actually worth it.
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