Maheshwar, Karan cross swords
Politics and power create a bad divide. None else than the two real brothers from Kullu, the descendents of royal family, Maheshwar Singh, Kullu MLA, and Karan Singh, minister from Banjar, can explain this well. While politically they are poles apart. Both were initially in BJP. Later, Karan Singh chose to join Congress and Maheshwar Singh left BJP for his own political party, Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) four years ago and is now back in BJP. The two are at loggerheads on the issue of government decision on takeover of Lord Raghunath temple in Kullu, of which Maheshwar Singh (being elder) is the chief caretaker. It is said that Karan Singh is behind the move, being a minister in Congress government, to target his own elder, who is opposing it tooth and nail saying that it is a private temple. On Maheshwar Singh’s petition, the HC has stayed the take-over for the time being, the divide this issue has created in the two families is wide open.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh seems to have full control over his cabinet. Rather, the ministers fear talking about his corruption cases or commenting anything related to him with regard to the cases. The other day, a minister in Virbhadra’s cabinet refused to entertain the request of a Press Club, reasoning that he would be in trouble, if he, by chance, utters anything about the Chief Minister. “I won’t be able to salvage the situation as the journalists would ask me questions related to him. You never know when your tongue slips. He won’t spare me then,” the minister said.
HC sends major shock to state
It was a shocker for the state government as well as 18 MLAs of SAD-BJP combine, when the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday pronounced verdict which invalidated the appointment of all of them in one go. The 18 MLAs who enjoyed the privileges of CPSs are now finding it tough to face the masses as they fear the public which is now quite open in posing questions to their leaders would ask them in the public meetings about the perks and privileges they enjoyed from state exchequer. Finding guilty of an ‘unimagined’ crime, the legally sacked CPSs now want the state government to approach the Supreme Court at the earliest so that the stay on the orders could come as face saver.
Chhotepur finds world as two-edged sword
AAP’s state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur has now started seeing the world as two-edged sword. Even after 10 days of the party’s 19 member list released, he failed to get heard by Arvind Kejriwal. In a hope to get the issue redressed, Chhotepur on Saturday told Daily Post that there were five-six persons in that list which eh didn’t want to be projected as candidates as their contribution in the party was negligible against those he recommended. Finding himself not very comfortable with the party’s leaders sent from other states, Chhotepur justified his position saying, “This world is two-edged sword. I have raised the voice of deserving people as it was my duty otherwise who would do so? Being the state convener, I also realise that if party fails to perform well I will asked for so it is better to show the reality to the high command well in advance.”
Sukhbir maintains ‘no difference’ with father
A day after Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was quoted opining differently from the CM on the issue of foreign hands in the attacks on RSS leaders and other such disturbing incidents in the state, he came up with a clarification on Saturday that there were no differences of opinion or perception between him and the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the issue of AAP links with radicals or the conspiracies of the ISI to destablise peace in Punjab. Turning the tables on media, Sukhbir said that reports appearing in a section of the press about any differences of perception between him the CM were based on “a misunderstanding of remarks made by him during a press conference in Chandigarh. He rather went on accusing a media person specifically of twisting his statement and spreading the misconception among all.
Hue and cry over Vij’s Rio visit
Haryana Sports Minsiter Anil Vij’s decision to go to Rio to boost the morale of players from the state has not gone down well with many including some of his friends within the BJP, but Vij refused to reconsider his decision. It is learnt that even Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was not keen that he should go to Rio as the performance of Indian players is not going to be up to the marked, but in vain. Grapevine suggests that Vij said that he has not yet been to any foreign country while many of his colleagues have been several times. An helpless Khattar, left with no explanation, finally agreed to Vij’s decision.
Every political party in Punjab has been working hard to lure voters towards their side, but as the contest is now poised to be triangular for the first time in the state between Congress, AAP and SAD-BJP alliance, every party has something common in this election and that is the fear of ‘Unni-Ikki.’ Because the voters of Punjab are also confused for whom they would cast their vote. Recently, Congress had arranged a very impressive rally at Kot Isse Khan where most of the leaders warned the gathering that electoral ‘Unni-Ikki’ can happen as this time AAP is also in the field. But it was only Manpreet Badal who did not mention AAP. Manpreet Badal was looking very confident about the outcome as he recited, “Jin rahon mein asmat luti, vo dhoondti hain kisi Mir-a-karvan ko’ declaring Captain Amarinder Singh as Mir-a-Karvan. Just as the speech ended, a resident of a village quipped, “Congress has a formidable contender from the area, par AAP da vi zor lagda hai, dar lagda aa koi ‘Unni-Ikki’ na ho jaye.”
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