Among the 19 candidates in the fray for the post of Director, National Book Trust, two names are front-runners i.e. Vatsala Joshi and Rita Choudhary. The selected candidate will succeed M A Sikandar, who is presently Director of NBT.
Incidentally, both the front runners are wives of BJP leaders. Vatsala Joshi is the wife of Mahendra Pande, who was working as organisation secretary in Himachal Pradesh. Rita Choudhary is the wife of Chandra Mohan Potwari, who was associated with AGP and joined BJP last year and had contested Lok Sabha election from Barpeta. Vatsala presently works as a personal staff of a Union minister while Rita is a Sahitya Academy Award winner Assamese author.