Trapped at the fag end!
The ghastly murder of a four-year-old boy Yug in Shimla has turned out to be embarrassing for the Municipal Corporation Shimla, particularly the CPM’s Mayor Sanjay Chauhan and Deputy Mayor Tekinder Singh Panwar. Part of victim’s skeleton was located in a water tank of the MC, from where supply is given to a particular locality. And this time, the duo, which has been smartly putting the onus of MC’s failures on the state government for the past four years and has been surviving on the blame game, is badly caught on wrong foot for negligence in monitoring. With the scanty strength of three councilors in the MC house, the two find themselves isolated on the issue and have gone defensive. But the meek explanations by the CPM councillors in their support, and the counter-attack by CPM on worsening law and order situation (referring to Yug’s murder) in Himachal have not helped them much to wriggle out of the blot.
Fourth front spoilt for choice
With the emergence of fourth front ‘Awaz-e-Punjab’ many political parties have offered their association with the new party. Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann and United Akali Dal president Mohkam Singh, the organisers of ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ have offered to join their group except Congress, BJP, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and AAP. Naming Punjab a holy state of Sikhs, Sarbat Khalsa leaders said that they would not allow anti-state activists to ruin state’s image during the upcoming assembly elections scheduled to be held in next year. Similarly, AAP’s Punjab state in-charge Sanjay Singh also gave an offer to former BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, Olympian and SAD MLA Pargat Singh and independent legislators from Ludhiana, Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjit Singh Bains to contest against ruling party in the Punjab Assembly elections of 2017. However, the fourth front is yet to unearth its strategy.
Hooda’s friends and foes
The search conducted by the CBI at 20 different locations including the residence of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda saw many Congress leaders throwing their weight behind him. The prominent among them was Captain Ajay Singh Yadav, a known bête noire of Hooda, who has never missed an opportunity to hit him hard. Yadav termed the CBI raid as an act of political vendetta, while Hooda’s political foes said that he was only paying the prices of his acts. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said that searches conducted at the residence of Hooda and other officers were not done out of malice or political vendetta. Grapevine says that Khattar was putting pressure on the Centre to go for CBI raids against Hooda.
Party posts raining: Only leaders, no workers please
As the state is heading towards assembly election slated for 2017, political parties have started pulling their up socks and encouraging their cadre as well. It’s a bonanza time for the people to get themselves promoted in their parties despite not doing anything concrete for the party. In Congress, nobody is interested to get adjusted in the district units and everybody is trying to get a berth in Punjab Congress due to the Royal family and in Punjab Congress, there is no check in getting appointment letters. Similarly, in other parties also, the same pattern is followed and luring of youth is on top priority. As everybody is getting appointment letters as a leader then from where these parties are going to get workers for them to speed up the pace of poll campaigning? Coming up of new parties is also opening up new doors to get entry into a party as this is the basic need of the party to establish them. The parties are easily providing appointment letters to the people as leaders and thus lacking the workers in the real sense, these parties are trying to move without their backbone ie the worker class. God only knows what’s going to happen with these political parties during the forthcoming assembly elections.
Catch-22 situation for AAP
Firebrand leader Bhagwant Mann’s vitriol directed at the mediapersons in Fatehgarh Sahib the other day left his party, many of whom joined from various media, coming out with folded hands and appealing to the media not to ditch them (the party) now that the state assembly polls are just around the corner. Leaders like Sanjay Singh and Jarnail Singh tendered ‘unconditional’ and ‘unqualified’ apologies of Bhagwant’s behalf, who had dismissed the assembled mediapersons at one of his rallies as ‘biased’ as well as ‘being in the pockets of the SAD’ and called for his partymen to chase the media out as well as boycott them. The repercussions and timing of such a stand by one of their senior state leaders was not lost on the others as one by one they came out and tried to humour the journalists and downplay the ‘anti-media’ stand adopt by Bhagwant.
Pleasing higher officials becoming very important
While pleasing your officials is certainly not a prerequisite if one is working in the government sector, it certainly helps. Interestingly, recently one such incident got highlighted when one official from the UT Education Department shared with a journalist, who was taking his interview, how while writing about his seniors was more important rather than writing about his achievements since he joined that post. Making it sure, the official said, “Please add my seniors’ name in what I have done to the department else, they will say I am doing self praises.”
Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Dr Ashok Tanwar is in silent mode these days. For quite some time he has been keeping a low profile for reasons best known to him. It is said that he is not happy as some of senior party leaders are not allowing him to work properly. They continue to calling shots in the party affairs. Those close to Tanwar also rue the fact that as and when he plans something major, efforts are made to scuttle the same. Left with no option, Tanwar, an alumnus of JNU, has preferred to be silent these days.
Congress list on ‘social media’ creates buzz
Sunday usually remains a lean day but a list of Congress’ candidates released on the social media, remained the talk of the state. The rumours of the list spread like wildfire with not just the journalists but the Congress leaders discussing it throughout the day. Many were of the view that the list could be a trick to test waters and get public feedback on those whose names were selected, others said that it could be a final list too. It was only later in the day that all queries were put to rest when Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder denied having released any such list!!
Congress to fix responsibility for poor MC show
Ex-CLP leader and Punjab Congress spokesperson Sunil Jakhar said that once Congress came to power, corrupt practices in the Jalandhar MC would be stopped. He was referring to Mayor Sunil Jyoti, on whom Congress councillors have been levelling allegations of corruption and poor development work. “We will not indulge in witch-hunting. But we will fix responsibility of those who were at the helm of affairs and indulging in such practices,” he said.
Annoyed PSIEC employees
Angry over state government’s move to appoint retired officers as consultants and other high rank officers, the employees of Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation Limited (PSIEC) have strongly condemned the move. The employees have opposed the unnecessary deputation, misuse of funds, non-disbursement of grant of due grade pay and pay scales according to Punjab government norms, pension, housing scheme and medical insurance. PSIEC Employees Union chairman Sanjeev Walia, who supervised the delegation of employees from all focal points and field offices of PSIEC, said, “We will keep raising our voices against the unnecessary deputation of high cost officers when there are already many employees waiting their promotions since years. The department is also sitting over various grants and misusing the funds,” he said.
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