Bathinda: “Who is forming the government?” is the common question which the officers sitting in the mini-secretariat here ask you to start the talk these days.
Not only senior Civil and Police officials, staff at lower levels also equally eager to see March 11 results, though for different reasons
The next inquiry in the line is: “Is it true that Punjab is marching towards Hung Assembly?
Interestingly, the Civil as well as Police officials here are so relieved from the routine jobs, for the footfall being negligible, that they want the visitors spend the maximum time with them to kill their loneliness and also quench their political curiosity.
For any major thing, if related to policy or the money, the officers simply put the subject on hold, stating that it would be a lengthy process to seek the permission of Election Commission before going for this.
“You are right. I was sitting idle before you entered. Politicians have gone in hibernation for their fate being sealed in the EVMs till March 11. There is a major dip in the crime graph, reason better known to the criminals. And, for the Model Code of Conduct being in force, we are hardly getting the general administration related directions from the headquarters to comply with,” replied an IPS officer, on being asked the reason behind his curiosity.
The officer was so eager to pour his heart out that he didn’t mind divulging: “We are under the control of Election Commission these days so there is no political boss, who could ask for undue favour at this juncture. And once we are free from these political bosses’ ‘unconstitutional assignments’, it is like the golden period of the service.”
A Civil officer, in his opposite block, was also having a similar opinion but his style to get the feedback was altogether different.
“I have nothing to do with the name of political party forming the government but as this is the hottest topic around, I wish to have a peep into this affair,” said the IAS officer, having office on first floor.
The officer had a specific query: “What if Bhagwant Mann wins from Jalalabad?”
However, without waiting to get the reply from opposite side, he was himself quick in saying: “It’s a hypothetical question. And having seen the political management of the Akali Dal leadership, it will be a herculean task for the AAP to grab the seat from Sukhbir Singh Badal, who has given much to the people of his constituency in past couple of years.”
There is a senior police officer here in the district headquarters who has reportedly put a notebook to collect the Assembly constituency wise feedback. The young officer is so much into the game that he needs nothing but a good listener these days. Ask the reason, he would simply reply: “It is my passion since childhood to remain update with the political happenings.”
Forget the senior officers, staff at lower levels is also much excited to see the March 11 verdict as many of them expect a major reshuffle at higher levels if the government changes.
Many among them, having pro-AAP sentiments, go ahead in saying: “It would be a tough time for the senior officers if AAP forms the government as its MLAs would be novice and raising the flag of ‘honesty’ everyday they will be in cloak and dagger position with the bureaucracy.”
In the absence of much work to do, staff at mini-secretariat here was also seen spending time with the messages, troll and spoofs in circulation over social media.
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