Par­takes Par­lia­ment bon­homie

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Amit Shah takes cen­trestage; Ar­ro­gant min­is­ters and the me­dia; Now, Made in Gu­jarat; AICC faces space con­straint;

Amit Shah, Pres­i­dent of the rul­ing party BJP, is new to Par­lia­ment as a first-time mem­ber of Ra­jya Sabha. Be­ing an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive has un­doubt­edly el­e­vated his sta­tus. And Shah knows how to use the dif­fer­ent plat­forms avail­able in Par­lia­ment to his ad­van­tage. One such plat­form is Cen­tral Hall. Dur­ing Par­lia­ment ses­sions, lead­ers from all po­lit­i­cal par­ties can be found un­der the huge dome of Cen­tral Hall dis­cussing present and fu­ture po­lit­i­cal sce­nar­ios while con­sum­ing the tasty dosa, idli, samosas and ras­gul­las served by ef­fi­cient waiters. Shah is seen vis­it­ing in the post lunch ses­sion. Since he is nor­mally dif­fi­cult to meet, no­body leaves an op­por­tu­nity to en­cir­cle him when­ever he en­ters Cen­tral Hall. Two prom­i­nent lead­ers of BJP–Dhar­men­dra Prad­han, Min­is­ter for Petroleum, and Bhupin­der Ya­dav, a mem­ber of Ra­jya Sabha and close con­fi­dant of Shah–al­ways ac­com­pany the BJP Pres­i­dent to Cen­tral Hall. The mo­ment Shah en­ters, he or­ders dosas, idli and cof­fee. Ras­gul­las are big no as he is di­a­betic. All the while, he is sur­rounded by se­nior politi­cians and jour­nal­ists. Shah loves to talk and gos­sip and keeps ev­ery­body in good hu­mour. As his arch ri­val Arun Jait­ley is away due to ill health, so Amit Shah has a free field in Cen­tral Hall.

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