Getting rid of ‘political’ enemies
Monkeys seem to be the biggest political enemy of Chief Parliamentary Secretary from Sulah Jagjeevan Pal in Himachal Pradesh. Last year, during the discussion in Vidhan Sabha, Pal had floated an idea to kill the monkeys at once, without telling anyone. Happy now that the Congress government got the monkeys declared as vermin by the Centre, Pal again has a demand. He is not satisfied with the remuneration that a person killing a monkey would get. “Rs 300 is too small an amount. They should make it Rs 500,” Pal says, as he is now prepared to put some shooters on the duty to kill monkeys in one go in his assembly segment. “These monkeys have destroyed economy of the people,” he mentions. Pal’s urgency has a reason. The polls are a year away— So far, Congress hasn’t been able to meet its poll promise of getting rid of monkeys.
Anurag’s insecurity for Dhumal
BJP MP Anurag Thakur’s fear is loud and clear. As Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda is now tipped as a strong candidate for Chief Ministership in Himachal vis-a-vis leader of Opposition and former BJP CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, Anurag could not stop himself from sharing his mind. “My father (Prem Kumar Dhumal) would become the Chief Minister,” he said publically, the other day. While the Congress is happy over the division, the whispers in BJP too are negative. “Even if Dhumal is to become the CM and not Nadda (that only time will tell), Anurag should not have said it being Dhumal’s son. It only showed Anurag’s insecurity about Dhumal’s chances to become CM again,” said some BJP men as they feel this may not alienate many a leaders from the Dhumal camp, but is bound to give a wrong political message.
Politics over beef
The sale of cow meat is prohibited in Haryana. If someone is caught eating or selling beef, he is liable to be tried and punished according to laid down norms. Recently, some samples of biryani were lifted from Mewat region in the state. Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of beef in biryani. Health Minister Anil Vij has advocated for serious action against the guilty, while a section of BJP leaders are in favour of going soft in this matter as the beef controversy has never helped the BJP electorally. This advice has been floated in view of the coming assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, where Muslims polarisation against the BJP is always seen as a threat to the rise of saffron outfit. As a result, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is said to be upset with none other than Vij, whose no-nonsense approach is rarely liked by ministerial colleagues or bureaucrats.
Randeep Singh Surjewala
Randeep Singh Surjewala, a dynamic Congress leader from Haryana, does not need any introduction. He is seen as a viable replacement for Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Haryana Congress, while many others feel that Kuldeep Bishnoi is the real hope for Congress in Haryana, as Jat leaders are not going to accept either Surjewala or Kiran Chaudhary as their leader if the party leadership decides to dump Hooda. Knowing all this fully well, Surjewala is trying his level best to carve a niche for himself as the best among Congress spokesperson, a responsibility which is currently discharged either by Kapil Sibal or Anand Sharma.
When watch and ward staff became bouncers
Punjab Vidhan Sabha, this past week, witnessed ‘the physical eviction’ of not one but two MLAs when, after being ordered by Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal in chaste Punjabi, “Isnu Chuk Ke Bahar Sutto (throw him out),” the marshal of the watch and ward staff at the state assembly proceeded to lift not only Independent MLA Simarjit Singh Bains by the arms and legs but also his brother and MLA Balwinder Singh Bains by his arms and legs as well and physically carrry them out of the House. This took place even as Atwal had only ordered the eviction of Simarjit. But when Simarjit resisted and jumped into the well of the House and started raising slogans, his brother, Balwinder, also jumped into the well, both literally and figuratively.
Finally, Bhawant loses battle to media
After riding high on media publicity, the AAP’s state election campaign committee head Bhagwant Mann had a harrowing experience the past few days as he came in confrontation with them that too without any provocation which could force him to paint the whole media as “Bikau Maal” (sale material). It happened during a public meeting, where Bhagwant not only abused media persons but also directed his partymen to shoo them out of the pandal. Irked, the media fraternity raised voice against Bhagwant and in no time, the journalists across the state got united and opened front against Bhagwant Mann. Finding all across negative coverage and effigy burning in different corners of the state, the party leadership from Delhi tendered an unconditional apology on behalf of Bhagwant as he was apparently unwilling for the same but the tussle ended only when Bhagwant himself tendered an apology in Chandigarh and stated that he had deep respect for media in his heart.
Bikram leaves Bhattal speechless
Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia hardly leaves any chance to score on his rivals, in terms of verbal duel. During this ongoing Monsoon session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal raised an objection over the political activities of Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa’s wife, stating that it was illegal that she was disbursing the government grants in Lehragaga constituency villages without having portfolio. But while starting her allegation, she referred to Dhindsa’s wife as her daughter. Bhattal was asking Speaker to seek government’s explanation on the issue but taking a cue from that word “Daughter” Majithia interrupted her, saying, “Madam ji Eh Tuhada Mava-Dheeyan Da Masla Hai, Ghar Baith Ke Suljha Lo, Ethe Vidhan Sabha Da Time Na Waste Karo. (Madam this an issue between mother-daughter, so better sort it out at home. Don’t waste Vidhan Sabha’s time on such issues.”
Congress scores a self-goal
The Congress Legislative Party that is quite firm this time to take on treasury benches, on Friday scored a self-goal, when Guruharsahai MLA Rana Gurmeet Sodhi asked the CM to speak over an issue of installing busts of martyrs in Vidhan Sabha gallery. It was virtually a strength infusion for Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and he immediately stood up and started counting on the numerous memorials the SAD-BJP government constructed in the state. He made a counter question to Cong MLA to count even a single of such memorial that Amarinder Singh government could construct in those five years. While none of the Congress MLAs had any answer to Badal’s query, the party’s chief spokesman Sunil Jakhar acknowledged the Badal government’s contribution in the field with also thanking the CM for making so much. The self-goal of the party, made many in the Congress expressing annoyance against Sodhi’s question, with some even accusing him of playing as Badal’s stooge.
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