This morning, I woke up to a serious Twitter brouhaha which emanated from The Hindu carrying a letter by former Min. for Environment & Forests Jayanthi Natarajan to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. The letter was originally dated November 5, 2014, which made me wonder why it was being leaked at this later date. However, as the day progressed, and more news links from the past floated on Twitter, the episode became abundantly clear. Here’s a friendly timeline, with links, for those who came in late, or don’t see the big picture.
Oct. 29, 2014: Economic Times reports an impending CBI enquiry into Natarajan’s tenure as MoEF under UPA-II.
Nov. 5, 2014: Natarajan writes her now public letter to Mrs. Gandhi, published by the Hindu today.
Nov. 27, 2014: Natarajan meets Amit Shah, as reported in this news clip by India News.
Jan. 30, 2015: Arun Jaitley calls for new MoEF to re-look decisions taken by Natarajan, but claims no knowledge of her joining BJP.
Jan. 30, 2015: Natarajan quits Congress
Now waiting for the last act: her actually joining BJP. Expect it to happen today or tomorrow, but don’t hold your breath!
PS: I have no plans to join any other political party after such bitter experiences: Natarajan says (PTI reports)
I have no plans to join any other political party after such bitter experiences: Natarajan says.
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) January 30, 2015