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Inside Track: From CBI’s chief replacement to Rahul Gandhi’s photo op bungle – all you need to know

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Replacement Hunt

The government is searching for a reliable replacement for CBI chief Alok Verma, who retires in January next year. It does not want a repeat of its unhappy experience with Verma. Though a Modi appointee, Verma has embarrassed the government by declaring open war on Rakesh Asthana, a special director in the CBI with powerful Gujarat connections. But Verma has a fixed two-year tenure and the government cannot get rid of him. The department of personnel has already started shortlisting names for the key post. But the PMO may not necessarily have its way. The committee to select the CBI chief consists of the Prime Minister, the leader of the Opposition and the Chief Justice of India. Whether or not the government accepts Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge as the leader of the Opposition, since his party does not have the requisite number of MPs, CJI Ranjan Gogoi certainly has a valid vote. And it remains to be seen whether he and the government will be on the same page.

Son-in-law rises

The sudden removal of TKS Elangovan as the DMK spokesperson is reportedly because he jumped the gun and announced that Sonia........

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