Randhawa’s ‘slapgate’ row
Congress MLA from Dera Baba Nanak Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa kept the party, Opposition and mediapersons busy this week in discussing the slap he planted on the face of party’s Seva Dal chief of Pathankot district IS Gulati. Though the matter got resolved after Randhawa tendered an unconditional apology to Gulati two days after the episode, the sound of the slap made gossipmongers into overdrive. Interestingly, the ‘slapgate’ took place in the party’s dharna at Dinanagar, where the PPCC chief, Amarinder Singh, and other state leaders had assembled to project a ‘united face’. The violent gesture of the Congress MLA came as a blow to the efforts being put to give a makeover to the image of the Congress and its state head.
Laxmi Kanta Chawla in trouble!
Former Punjab Cabinet Minister and BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla courted a controversy by leading a Hindu procession organized in Amritsar on June 6, the anniversary of Operation Bluestar. The road show during which the BJP leader and various other Hindu activists’ reported dancing to some religious numbers irked the hardline section of the Sikh community. They claimed that it was an intentional move to rub salt on the wounds of the Sikhs as they were observing it with a heavy heart for it being the day when the Army damaged their holy shrine Akal Takht in 1984.
The radicals gave a representation against Chawla to the city police and demanded the registration of a case against her. Being a former minister, she was able to evade the registration of the case against her but one can now notice her trying to meet police officials for clarifying her position. One such instance was witnessed at the office of Commissioner of Police Amritsar on Thursday.
First ‘brain transplant’ patient
A senior health journalist of a national daily is in the news these days. Not for his journalistic acumen, but for his off-the-cuff medical ideas and theories, which he does not hesitate to share with the doctors of PGI, especially during press conferences. At a recent event, the journalist suggested a brain transplant to the PGI doctors, asking if the institute was offering one presently. A doctor was quick to react. “No, we don’t have the technology to do so right now but we have certainly got our first patient.” The remark evoked a hearty laughter from the audience, leaving the journo red in the face!
Khattar factor in play
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s relationship with Subhash Chandra has always been cordial. It was at Khattar’s behest that Chandra took a plunge into the hurly-burly of electoral politics in the run up to the 2014 Assembly poll in the state and had even started campaigning in Hisar, but the BJP denied him the ticket at the eleventh hour. It is said that Chandra was so furious that he wanted to contest the poll as an independent candidate, but Khattar persuaded him not to do so and advised him to keep patience.
However, Chandra was again disappointed when the BJP did not nominate him to the Rajya Sabha first and then did not declare him as the party’s official candidate, but decided to support him if he tried his luck as an independent candidate. Khattar, however, did not give up and played his card well to ensure that Chandra did not lose the biennial poll to the Rajya Sabha.
Maneka’s love for Haryana
Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi’s love for Haryana, which is ruled by the BJP and open criticism for Uttar Pradesh was evident during the All-India Women Journalists Workshop in Delhi this week. The minister was all praise for Haryana and quoted examples to prove that how the BJP-ruled state was on the path to soaring success. On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh, ruled by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, was mentioned for every wrong happening in the state. For example, she compared the success rate of anganwadi workers of Haryana and that of Uttar Pradesh. No wonder, Haryana was shown to lead with flying colours. Definitely, a seasoned politician’s seasoned approach.
Will Cong leaders sink differences?
With Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Jalandhar for a dharna on Monday against the menace of drugs and law and order problem, all Congress leaders, who till date were no where to be seen, could now be seen releasing statements and sharing their pictures on social media sites onn these two issues. Though senior Congress leaders were seen taking stock of the arrangements, it was yet to be seen that how would the local leaders overcome groupism and mutual differences on the D-day.
Udta Punjab or ‘udta beep’
While the tiff with the Central Board of Film Certication (CBFC) chief was going on, the icing on the cake came from an eye-catching poster of the film on the social media. One such poster doing the rounds on social media was ‘Udta Beep’- story of a Sanskari Punjabi Boy, where Shahid Kapoor was shown holding a glass of Lassi. Even Shahid’s name was mentioned as ‘Shahid Sanskari Kapoor’. Yet another slogan read ‘drugs di, (maa di, jai mata di). All thanks to AIB for the masala dose on the film.
Free for all at checkpost
The Hussainiwala border checkpost is being maintained by India and Pakistan. Every day in the evening a retreat ceremony is performed and daily thousands of people visit the joint post to witness the ceremony. Controlled aggression is seen on both sides. But recently a video of the retreat ceremony on the social media has gone viral, in which it has been shown that during the ceremony there was a clash between the BSF jawans and Pak Rangers. Jawans on both sides were shown beating each other while holding their national flags in their hands. No official corroborated on the occurrence of this tiff. But people seem to be weary that would such scuffles lead to something big.
Varsity education or duck soup
Education after school life seems like a duck soup for most of the students. For them, colleges and universities are meant for fun and relaxation. College life, especially in government institutions, is very superficial. There are no hard and fast rules for maintaining discipline. Youngsters with leadership interests get a stage to play their political monopolies. More often, the prime aim to take admission is just to form parties, get them associated with the big political brands, and do campaigning by flaunting money and muscle power. The real feel of education is just restricted to the signboard of the university erected outside the campus. It is important for any academic institution to keep a check at all levels for the betterment of students and country’s future and improving the standards of education rather than making it a playway.
AAP’s ticket problems
AAP party’s Punjab Dialogue at Phagwara witnessed some hot exchange of words between volunteers and leaders. This led to an embarrassing situation for party leaders. The scene started when AAP leaders asked the audience, especially youth, to ask their queries or give suggestions. Gurvinder , a volunteer, accused the party leadership of ignoring grassroots workers. “You give importance to celebrities while giving responsibilities and even prefer them for tickets.” Kanwar Sandhu tried to assure him and said, “Till date we haven’t distributed ticket to any such leader and we assure you that volunteers will be given equal importance.” This didn’t calm Gurvinder and he was applauded by the other youths present there.
Gurvinder again asked the newly joined leaders to file affidavit that they would not accept party tickets. He was asked to sit down by Gurpreet Ghuggi and other leaders. On the other hand Kanwar asked others to let him speak. Gurvinder accused leaders present on the dais that they are trying to snub him because he was a Gursikh. Finally, Ghuggi stood up and said, “hun tu badtmeeji kar riha hain ( Now you are trying to insult us )”. Then some other AAP volunteers encircled Gurvinder and took him out of the meeting hall.
(contributed by Rajay Deep,Rajeev Ranjan Roy, Himani Bahuguna, Kusum Arora, Navjot Kaur, Subhash Kakkar,Sunil Ruddra)
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