Punjab CM’s real brother-in-law
A former resident editor of national daily recently shared a letterhead on his face book account. The letterhead mentioned Inderjit Singh Sandhu, ‘Real brother-in-law of Parkash Singh Badal (Chief Minister, Punjab. The resident editor asked on his facebook page, “Can anyone ever beat this kind of letterhead?” The letterhead is being widely circulated on WhatsApp and has created a lot of hype on social networking websites. People are curious to know about the identity of the person who described himself as “real brother in-law of Punjab CM.”
BJP worried over Virbhadra cases!
The BJP’s opposition to Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh on the outcome of corruption cases against him seems to have lost steam, with cases lingering on and on in legal complexities. Rather, BJP hopes to oust Chief Minister in the midst of disproportionate assets and money laundering cases are diminishing day by day. ‘He is about to go?” BJP circles would often discuss some months back. Now, as the time is passing off, BJP men sound demoralised. “His cases are serious but are taking too much time. The issue will boomerang, if it lingers on like this, or if Singh faces some action in the coming months,” BJP leaders discuss in hushed tones. Probably, they are right, as Singh is the popular leader and any attempt to write him off politically through any means will generate sympathy for him in the election year (2017), which is coming closer.
Anurag’s ‘U’ turn
BCCI Chief, Anurag Thakur, who is BJP MP from Hamirpur, has been caught on the wrong foot. Thakur was the one, who opposed state government’s move to stall Indo-Pak match in Dharamshala on March 19 this year in the wake of terror attack on Pathankot air base. The government had said the issue involved sentiments of the families of martyrs, who lived close to the venue of the match. At that time, Anurag Thakur, who was BCCI Secretary then, had said that the government was playing politics over cricket and wanted to scuttle Indo-Pak match- which will lead to the loss of crores of rupees as also ICCI will blacklist Dharamshala stadium. The match was later shifted to Kolkata. However, in the wake of Uri attack, which is being condemned in strongest words even by Prime Minister, Thakur said ‘India will not play cricket with Pakistan’ under such circumstances. What a ‘U turn’ indeed!
‘Comedian’, MP Bhagwant Mann steals the show
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann on Sunday was highly in demand for his ‘comic act’ during Maharaja Agarsen Jayanti programme in Jalandhar. While Bhagwant Mann wanted to confined himself to Badal and Congress bashing, gathering demanded some comic act. To this, Bhagwant Mann first recited one of his oft repeated and favourite poem on political system in Punjabi. However, before he could conclude, the gathering asked for more and this time the demand was for his ‘Kikli’ based on ‘Badal family’, which was a hit with masses in the election season!
Jagmeet Brar’s ‘photoshoot’
If there was one leader, who stole the show during Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s visit to Jalandhar, he was-Ex-congress leader Jagmeet Brar. Not only Brar, ensured that he gave the much needed ‘hug’ to Kejriwal but he also got close enough to get clicked by media. It was indeed a ‘photoshoot’ moment for Brar and Kejriwal was also more than happy to receive him.
Arvind Kejriwal’s dress and matching ‘Sandals’
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s dressing sense has always remained under scanner. Though he is always casually dressed as an ‘Aam Admi’, but on Sunday, his matching ‘blue coloured’ sandals with blue coloured shirt gathered enough attention. With his hallmark, slightly short trousers, Kejriwal was indeed looking like an ‘Aam Aadmi’ but with little tweaks on Sunday.
Sidhu’s googly vexes all
Former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu has a habit of doing things, albeit simple ones, in a complicated
fashion. The motor-mouth from Patiala had been riding high following his resignation from Rajya Sabha and BJP. Speculation was rife regarding his next move. However, this past week, in the biggest damp squib in last few years in Punjab, cricketer-turned-politician told the anxious Chandigarh reporters that he along with expelled SAD MLA and hockey Olympian Pargat Singh and Independent MLAs and brothers Simarjit Bains and
Balwinder Bains will not be forming a party but would rather forge an alliance with ‘like-minded’ parties. With reams and reams of print as well as hours of primetime TV being dedicated to figuring out Sidhu’s next move, the actual
move came across as ‘dead on arrival.’
INLD’s mega show
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Sunday was able to manage a big show in Karnal as a mark of tribute to former Deputy Prime Miniter Chaudhary Devi Lal. The event had been organised to mark Tau’s birth anniversary. Leader of Opposition in Haryana Assembly Abhay Chautala blamed the Congress and the BJP for violence which rocked the state during Jat quota stir. He also read out the message from former chief minister OP Chautala. The response to the rally was quite impressive. One after and another speaker took on the Congress and the BJP alike. KC Tyagi of the JD-U criticised Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for rampant corruption, while Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar claimed the people of India were still waiting for good days. By and large, the rally was up to the mark of INLD leaders.
PNB goes in to TAB banking
Opening a new bank account has turned more into a cakewalk for customers. No longer its has remained a cumbersome task that used to test patience. Punjab National Bank (PNB) has come forward with new scheme named Tab Banking. To open a bank account one just needs to have adhaar number and call bank officials and wait for officials to drop at your doorstep. PNB has taken a lead among government banks to open accounts with TAB banking where within minutes new account is opened without any hassles.
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