Sajjan’s proposed Punjab visit
Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan’s proposed Punjab visit has given enough food for debate to the political parties and social organisations here. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has strongly refused to meet the minister, terming him a Khalistani sympathiser, but the Shiromani Akali Dal and SGPC, riding high on social euphoria, are quite excited to welcome him. For two different reasons: Firstly, it will show their stand different from Amarinder Singh and secondly, they find it an opportunity to woo the NRIs. Sajjan hails from Bambeli village of Mahilpur in Hoshiarpur district.
As the Vigilance Bureau has launched an investigation in Rs 19 lakh Sangrur extortion case, in which the then SSP Inderbir Singh along with a DSP and four others have come under scanner, numerous police officials of the district are these days under stress. All those who were considered close to the DSP and SSP are now in the list of VB inquiry. The way the department is dealing with the matter, one can observe that the 2007-batch IPS officer Inderbir Singh, whose name was in the panel for Chandigarh SSP, was on the radar of someone on an important position in the government. With guess work being done at an extensive level, no one is daring to project himself as a friend of Inderbir, who otherwise used to get numerous ‘courtesy calls’ from his colleagues on a daily basis.
Be it the matter related to goondaism to wrest the control of truck unions or the sand mining, after the change in government the only difference which is visible till date is the change of people now holding the reins. Violence is the factor which is overshadowing every positive step of the one-month-old Captain Amarinder Singh government. The Congressmen, who were sitting out of power for the past 10 years, are now behaving too hungry to grab everything. Though Amarinder Singh is repeatedly issuing warnings to them, his partymen are yet to fall in line.
Minister blows his lid
Just the other day, a minister in the Captain Amarinder Singh government was captured on video threatening to suspend a female principal of a school in his assembly constituency during an inauguration programme. The reason for the minister blowing his top, and the female principal’s ‘blunder,’ was that his name appeared at the bottom of the inauguration plaque, preceeded by two philanthropists who had donated their own money to construct the building which was being inaugurated by the minister. Later, the minister, while responding to media queries, chose to laugh off the matter, saying it was nothing serious and that ‘hundreds of things are said off the record.’
Punjab Congress double-speak
A couple of days into the present regime, the CM as well as his ministerial colleagues convened a Cabinet meeting in which all vowed to curb expenditure among other things. However, on Baisakhi, a senior minister decided to avail the services of the state chopper to fly to the Baisakhi conference in Talwandi Sabo. Opposition parties wasted no time in screaming foul from the rafters and calling it ‘a blatant misuse of treasury funds.’ Coming to the rescue of the under-attack minister was one of his colleagues and an equally senior minister in the state Cabinet who chose to defend him by stating that ‘just like air-conditioned cars are no longer considered a luxury and are a necessity in present times, similar is the case with the chopper as it helps to save time, which can be utilised elsewhere.’ Needless to say that the minister’s simple logic did not cut much ice with those who heard him.
‘Tow party line or else…’
It seems Congress ministers want to remain in the headlines as, just the other day, another Cabinet colleague of Captain Amarinder minced no words when he addressed his district’s police force to ensure that none of his partymen (read: Congress workers) should go back home without their greivance being redressed properly. If that wasn’t enough, the minister went a step further and said that if any cop fails to meet the ‘desired results,’ then the minister himself would reach the spot and see to it that the erring cop faces the music.
Celebration time in Haryana
The whole of Haryana seems to be celebrating the upcoming wedding of Dushyant Chautala, India’s youngest MP who will tie the nuptial knot on April 18 with Meghna. The grand marriage is scheduled to take place in Gurugram, which is likely to be attended by the country’s Who’s Who including various Union Ministers and the entire Haryana Cabinet is likely to witness the occasion. The entire Chautala family is gathered at their hometown in Sirsa where a number of pre-marriage ceremonies are being held. The 29-year-old Dushyant, INLD leader and grandson of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, is a Lok Sabha MP from Hisar. Dushyant’s father, Ajay Singh Chautala is a former MLA and his mother Naina Singh Chautala is a sitting INLD legislator from Dabwali assembly seat in Sirsa district. The whole lot of INLD leaders, including sitting MLAs and former ministers, are themselves supervising the wedding arrangements. It is learnt that INLD has planned a mega reception, for which the invitation is likely to be extended to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and President Pranab Mukherjee and chief ministers of several states.
Kavita Jain’s ‘husband love’
Haryana’s Woman and Child Development Minister Kavita Jain seems to be a caring wife for which she needs to be patted. Though many in the BJP do not like the way she involves her husband and party leader Rajiv Jain in managing her ‘ministerial responsibilities,’ she is least bothered about what others have to say. Grapevine suggests she has told even Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar that she would not like to tolerate any efforts which curtail the role of her husband. After all, as many claim, whatever Kavita Jain is today is solely because of her husband.
Chaos in Gurugram
Gurgaon has become Gurugram, but there is no end to the woes of Haryana’s Millennium City. Basic infrastructure comprising roads and parks is in a bad shape. Jams take place in a routine manner. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced that a bill for setting up and making functional a Metropolitan Development Authority for Gurugram would be introduced in the next session of the state assembly. Nobody knows if this authority will be able to take Gurugram’s development saga to the next level. In July last year during monsoon season, long tailbacks were witnessed in gridlocked roads in Gurugram due to severe water logging on National Highway-8 after heavy rains lashed Delhi’s satellite city, which had left thousands of commuters stranded and forcing authorities to clamp prohibitory orders near Hero Honda Chowk.
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