A selfish Navjot!
Wife of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amritsar MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu is known for her loud mouth. She needs just an occasion to speak against the state government, in which she was the Chief Parliamentary Secretary, till the High Court gave verdict against the appointment of all CPS in Punjab. Further, she is a BJP MLA but hardly minds slamming her own party, which keeps her in limelight though it damages the image of the party. Now her husband Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned from the party and launched a fourth front ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ with three other MLAs of the state. It’s a special case of selfishness that Navjot Kaur, who has now started appearing on Awaaz-e-Punjab hoardings too, is still not in a mood to quit the party and government. Not only her critics but even some of her close aides have now started saying: “Slamming party and the government has become her habit otherwise she is a very calculative lady. She hasn’t come to the point of quitting either the government or the party and why will she do till she is enjoying the privileges of different kinds.”
Ruckus dominates Assembly proceedings
Punjab Vidhan Sabha during this monsoon session passed 21 bills related to different subjects concerning the state but there is hardly any mention of this legislative business in the talks as people are more interested in discussing the ruckus and other unlike developments took place in the House. Even in the record of Vidhan Sabha, the bills were passed in just few minutes, whereas the legislators’ hullaballoo kept on echoing for days. Being it the last session of 14th Vidhan Sabha, the ruling alliance as well as Opposition were well prepared to score over each other and amid the din, the bills were passed without any debate, which establishes the seriousness of our elected legislators towards their responsibility.
Mysterious call from CM’s office disturbs RTI activist
Chandigarh-based H C Arora is senior lawyer of Punjab and Haryana High Court. While recently sharing on his Facebook wall, Arora posted, “A mysterious phone call from the office of CM, Punjab, made by his Protocol Officer Rajiv Prashar on September 14 at around 2:15 pm. He told me that he was asking some information from me, as the CM Sahib asked him to speak to me. He asked me to give name of some prominent NGO, who may be working for de-addiction in Punjab. -it has just surprised me- This is not such an information that can not be procured or that can not be known to a Government/CM through his own agencies-and more surprising is that the caller called me at a landline number, which I have never given to anybody outside my very very close circle of relatives: It is not mentioned on my letterheads. I do not know whether I am giving disproportionate importance to a minor matter. But I am unable to solve the mystery of this phone call.” Following Arora’s post, Punjab Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal replied on the post and clarified, “I had asked Special Secretary Coordination Rajiv Prashar to get me independent feedback from RTI activists, including H C Arora, and some other known philanthropists to crosscheck some claims of NGOs regarding their contribution in the field of de-addiction. Such feedback, in addition to the feedback from usual government channels, is very valuable to ascertain the truth and taking correct decisions for shortlisting them for recognition and support.” But it is still a mystery for Arora how the caller came to know about his landline number.
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) is the key opposition party in not only in Haryana but also in the Vidhan Sabha. Its MLAs were quite vocal when Bhupinder Singh Hooda was the Chief Minister. Things have changed drastically ever since the BJP came to power in the state by torpedoing the chances of none other than the INLD. They are rarely seen exposing the state government for its alleged failures in helping out the state’s farmers. They are rather focussed on taking on Hooda. Recently, when the CBI searched the residence of 20 people including that of Hooda in connection with alleged ‘illegal’ land deals, the INLD leaders were quite vocal in highlighting the issue. It seems that INLD leaders have not been able to get out of Hooda phobia.
Kiran Choudhary goes solo
Former Excise and Taxation Minister Kiran Choudhary, currently Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, has her own style of functioning in the Congress. She believes in airing her views on every and any subject under the sun. She does this with total confidence and authority. She rarely misses an opportunity to hit out at the BJP government in the state. With former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda struggling to deal with his opponents allegedly abusing the CBI to settle the so-called ‘personal’ scores with him, Choudhary is having a great time these days in exposing the ruling BJP in the state. She takes up meritorious issues to take on the government, but forgets the way the previous Congress government used to handle those issues either at the state or Central level.
CM’s outburst in bad taste!
Chief Minister’s outburst against the Kullu Deputy Commissioner Hans Raj Chauhan from a public stage on the issue of delay in taking over the Raghunath temple was in bad taste. The CM gave directions for DC’s transfer on the spot and he was shifted within a day. Actually, the delay in implementation of the orders had reportedly helped BJP leader, Maheshwar Singh, the Chief ‘Kardar’ of Lord Raghunath (the presiding deity in Kullu valley) approach the High Court and obtain stay meanwhile. Later, the CM tried to take it to the lighter side and said, “The Kullu DC is a ‘sharif’ officer. Probably, he feared Raghunath Ji and did not implement the orders for some time.” While the bureaucracy in HP is obviously upset over such an attitude of the political boss, the talk in public is other way round. “Probably, the CM is not aware that the bureaucrats in routine delay implementation of all his orders in this tenure,” the ordinary folks say.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been out of action for the last few days, was apparently getting a throat surgery in Bengaluru. Needless to say that it was a medical issue which laid him low for the better part of this past week. However, this not deter his detractors in the opposition parties to deride him as they contended that his (Kejriwal’s) tongue had gotten too long and therefore it had become necessary to get it clipped. Kejriwal has maintained a stoic silence since his return to Delhi after the surgery a couple of days ago. Whether the ‘silence’ is a studied silence or just doctor’s orders remains to be seen.
City in dengue, chikangunya mess, Sisodia ‘holidays’ in Finland
This past week, Delhi was seemingly overrun with each and every hospital worth its name in the national capital throwing its arms up to say that they were dealing with an epidemic-like situation. However, the CM, who was laid low by a throat surgery, and his Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who was in Finland, were not around to ‘manage’ the situation. Sisodia, in particular, was targetted by the opposition parties for going on a ‘vacation’ while his city was in the grip of an epidemic. This drove Sisodia to issue clarification after clarification on various social media that he was actually attending a seminar in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, to learn about the education system of the country.
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