News Wrap: Gadkari lands in soup; Yuvraj back in Tests

- "If we could compare the IQ level of Swami Vivekananda and that of Dawood Ibrahim, then it could have been almost similar"-- that's the line that got Nitin Gadkari in trouble at a speech in Bhopal.

Gadkari, who has been under attack from anti-corruption activists for alleged financial impropriety in business dealings in connection with his Purti Group, could only find his situation in the party worsening due to his off-the-cuff remark.

Soon afterwards the BJP chief denied that he compared the intelligence quotient level of Swami Vivekananda to that of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim. He said that he was misquoted and explained that he meant that if one used one’s intelligence properly then one could become a Vivekananda, and vice versa.

 News Wrap: Gadkari lands in soup; Yuvraj back in Tests

Gadkari had a bad day in office. AFP

- But that was not the end of the day’s woes for Gadkari. Senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani has quit BJP's national executive committee, saying that he deemed it “morally and intellectually inappropriate” to serve in the committee as long as Nitin Gadkari continued to be the party President. This is the first direct fallout of the allegations of corruption that have been leveled against him and couldn’t come at a worse time for the BJP president.
- While it's getting tougher for Gadkari, there's some relief for Mayawati. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has dismissed a group of petitions against the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in relation to the Taj Corridor case. The bench said all petitions were devoid of merit and were accordingly being dismissed.

There were six petitions filed against her, which charged that she had embarked on the project to beautify and upgrade tourist facilities near the Taj Mahal without getting the necessary environment clearances, and that she subsequently embezzled the money that had been allotted towards the project.

- Amidst a row over CAG audit of Reliance Industries’ KG-D6 gas field spendings, Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily today said audit was a contractual obligation and hoped that the company will abide by it.

RIL had on Saturday stated that it had never contested the government’s right to get spendings on the flagging KG-D6 gas fields audited by the CAG, but added that the consent must not lead to a performance audit of a private firm.

- The race between US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney remained in a dead heat ahead of Tuesday’s election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Sunday. Of 3,805 likely voters polled nationally, 48 percent said they would vote for Democrat Obama, while 47 percent sided with Romney.

- Over to sport and Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Murali Vijay have all been chosen for the first two Tests between India and England. Suresh Raina, however, has been dropped. While Yuvraj's selection was expected, the new selection committee sprang a surprise by choosing Harbhajan, who has been out of form for quite some time. We have an opinion and analysis on our sports page.

Text with input from Agencies

Updated Date: Nov 05, 2012 17:57:50 IST