Outgoing Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar bade adieu to the state unit with a sharp-witted letter to his successor and party MLA, Ajay Kumar Lallu. Babbar conceded that despite sincere efforts during his rather lacklustre three-year term, he fell short when it came to delivering results. The actor-turned-politician also took a swipe at the party’s top leadership, noting that at times his own decisions or some of the decisions of his seniors failed miserably to get support within the party. Also, some of his decisions aimed at promoting young leaders in the party and harnessing the experience of senior Congressmen did not go down well with a certain section of the state leaders, he added.
After Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said last week that stray cows on the Bhopal-Indore highway led to accidents, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said his government had set a target of constructing 3,000 cow shelters by the end of next year. Nath tweeted: “Dear Digjiyaya-ji, you mentioned about the accident of cows sitting on Bhopal-Indore highway. I have asked officials to make a plan about the security of cows on main roads.” He added that his concern for cows was genuine and not motivated by politics. “I am concerned about it ... It is also true that for us, cows are a symbol of faith and pride and not for politics. We want to do the work which has not been done in years to protect cows.”