The office-bearers of AAP especially their media coordination team after the polling on February 4, literally switched off their cell phones and went into hibernation. The chief media coordinator confirmed that their physical and mental fatigue needed rest but then it was surprising to note that the phones went off for several days at a stretch. There was no body to talk to for AAP’s perspective on several poll post issues. One wondered if it was relaxing exercise or a total ‘hartal.’
AAP’s ‘bik chukka hai’ syndrome
Is there a truth in the talk going on that Election Commission of India was partisan or just a routine allegation devoid of truth. An AAP top functionary alleged that ECI played a partisan role as it took no cognizance of complaints about Akalis and Congressmen violating the law by distributing cash and liquor among the voters. The other day, AAP termed the entire media as “bik chukka hai.” For AAP, ECI too was “bik chukka hai.” The cops too were in the same boat and Dera head who extended support to SAD was also “bik chukka hai.” The AAP seemed to be terming all as sold outs, but then it was only on social media that such allegations reverberated and not the regular media. Social media did not seek any evidence while the mainstream media needed evidence which was not easy for AAP to generate. Maybe AAP is with afflicted by mass-hysteria or an inferiority complex as it had no money to contest elections in a conventional way that it was calling all as “bik chukka hai.” Now on March 11 when results will be declared, if AAP loses, will it term the voters too as “bik chukke the.”
Capt focussed on Patiala only
The other day, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh launched a tirade into former Army chief Gen (retd) J J Singh for the latter taking his partymen to task for apparent poor showing in Patiala Urban seat during the recently held assembly elections. Captain Amarinder ridiculed the former Army chief for belittling his party workers contribution and stated that it showed that the ex-serviceman was well aware of his own defeat. However, the state Congress chief and chief ministerial face of the party did not mention Lambi, from where he was contesting against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, as the former Armyman may himself be aware that he also would not be able to topple the five-time chief minister of Punjab from his stronghold of Lambi.
Where are the 40 star campaigners?
With much fanfare it was announced by the state Congress that they would get as many as 40 star campaigners to provide impetus to the party’s poll campaign in the recently concluded assembly elections, with party stalwarts like former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ex-Cabinet ministers Digvijaya Singh, Ambika Soni, Manish Tewari, Kapil Sibal among a host of shortlisted ‘star campaigners’. However, barring only a handful of them, none of the so-called ‘star campaigners’ made it to Punjab. Maybe, Punjab has dropped down the priority list as elections in Uttar Pradesh were also approaching fast.
Love for kabaddi
In Haryana, football, hockey and cricket and other games are not on the priority list of the state government. It seems to be obsessed with wrestling and kabaddi and to some extent boxing as well. So when Haryana won the first edition of three-day first Pandit Deen Dayal Updhyay All India National Style Kabaddi Championship held at Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai, Sonepat, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Sports Minister Anil Vij were quite excited. They said the state government wants to develop Haryana as a sports hub, and is therefore establishing 525 sports nurseries throughout the state at a cost of about Rs 10 crore. Chief Minister Khattar even said that sports and army were the specialties of the state. However, neither Khattar nor Vij could offer any sports specific roadmap.
Jat quota stir
Notwithstanding all efforts, Haryana government has not been able to resolve the deadlock over Jat quota stir. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar claims that the talks held between the committee constituted by the state government and representatives of Jat community were not fruitless and would be continued. He is hopeful that all points raised by the Jat representatives have been heard. The talks would continue in the second round and all points would be discussed. One should hope for the best!
Haryana’s small and medium enterprises are in a bad shape. Therefore, one is waiting anxiously for the final outcome of Haryana government’s five-member state level selection committee under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, for recommending applications to the Government of India for conferring national awards to micro, small and medium enterprises of the state in different categories.
The politicians who used to make a lot of hullaboo before assembly elections held in Punjab on social networking sites are missing these days. The fans of such netas are also missing the lively oratory skills and tit fot tat replies. Be it facebook, twitter and instagram, the live posts and tweets which used to decide the course of online battle are nowhere to be found these days. Either such netas take to social networking just to please masses at the time of elections or they are left with no ammunition to fire upon their opponents till March 11 i.e. the day of counting votes.
When attendance machine charger device of cops ‘gets stolen’
In a dissimilar case, the charging box of the attendance machine used by the Policemen everyday in the morning went missing. The charging box was reported missing by a cop who came to punch his finger for attendance at the police headquarters. The cop then informed the other cops and the policemen initiated search for the same in the police headquarters itself. As per a policeman, the charger box attached with the attendance machine costs around Rs 150-200 and will not be much beneficial for anybody who have taken it. However the cops suspected it might have been uprooted by some outsider who visited the police headquarters.
PU’s loss orchestrated by Punjab?
Commenting over the issue of Panjab University’s status, a former Vice Chancellor stated that the issue of status would have resolved many years ago. University would have achieved the status of Central University, but the proposal was rolled back at the last minute. “Punjab Chief Minister had signed the papers dealing with the matter but at the last moment the then Education Minister asked the CM to withdraw the orders,” said the former VC. The minister feared that this would have effected Punjab’s claim over Chandigarh. The proceeding took place during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s second tenure.
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