News doing the rounds over the last week or so in capital town is that RIL's man in the Rajya Sabha - MP Parimal Nathwani - is running around trying to do deals on behalf of his master in the run up to the SC hearing fixed for October 20 and beyond. Using the forthcoming Diwali festival as an excsuse, he is trying to provide gifts and such items to various players in the gas opera.
After proclaiming his loyalty to his master Mukesh Ambani on the floor of the house recently, the Gujarat strongman who is chief lieutenant Manoj Modi's brother in law is busy talking up one and all in the capital. Manoj Modi incidentally is running black ops in the Mukesh Ambani camp, though one hears that discredited Anand Jain is also back in the hunt to manage the gas environment. With oil minister Murli Deora keeping a low profile after the PM reprimanded him over his shoddy conduct in the whole gas affair, Mukesh Ambani is using his tried and tested acolytes. It remains to be seen whether these cartridges are spent or loaded.