Politician versus journalist
A young politician of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is in the news. A staffer of a daily published from Chandigarh filed a report based on the press conference of the politician in question. The leader, on receiving the newspaper in the morning, felt that the reporter had not carried his views in full and language too was not good. And, there and then, he picked up his cell-phone and dialled the Resident Editor of the newspaper in question, with whom he had a special relationship. The same day reporter was fired charging him with irresponsible reporting which had led to the issuance of a legal notice by the aforementioned politician. Later, when the reporter met the SAD ‘don’, he offered to get the journalist reinstated in the same newspaper. The victim, keeping his honour and pride intact, refused to re-join the same newspaper.
When a journalist decides to become a politician, he needs to know that he is no more a journalist and is not entitled to privileges available to scribes. He has to answer tough questions spewed by scribes. His rivals start looking into his cupboard, which normally has in store some scintillating acquisitions. A journalist-turned-politician leaves sufficient space for his professional rivals to take out revenge of old wounds. Whatever status the ex-scribe may achieve in the political arena, the jealous and zealous journos often get an occasion to hit him or her, sometimes below-the-belt, unfortunately.
Kejriwal turns VIP
Aam Aadmi Party’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal, who used to cry loud against the VIP culture of politicians in India, seems to have started enjoying the same privilege. He now appears with dozens of sophisticated weapons laced security guards encircling him to keep him protected from the ‘aam aadmi’. The man who established his global identity with muffler and white cap is now an altogether different personality. One thing he has not yet changed is his love for floaters as he was spotted with the same even on Sunday when he landed Punjab to attend rally in Jalalabad.
Amarinder a master cook!
Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has proved he is a master cook by cooking up a resignation drama, this is a comment which Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal wrote on her social media website wall while also uploading a photo of Capt Amarinder seen cooking some dish wearing an apron at an impressive location. While explaining her point, Harsimrat stated it was one week since the Supreme Court order had been pronounced on SYL canal issue but Capt Amarinder, despite getting his resignation in protest published in the media, had still not sent the resignation letter in the required format to Lok Sabha speaker.
Centenary Founder’s Day before formal merger
Known as the royal bank of royal city of Patiala, the State Bank of Patiala celebrated it’s 100th Founder’s Day this past week and it is to be the last such mega event as the bank is now heading for merger with State Bank of India (SBI). Even as all the staff members as well as the management were involved in celebrating the event, but there were some misty eyes knowing full well that the bank will not be witnessing such an event. The bank, primarily founded by the royal family of Patiala to provide banking facilities to it’s people, later become a symbol for the royal city as it took the name of Patiala to new heights with the passing of time. But the policies of the Union government played villian, in this case, as the star attraction of this princely city has been merged with SBI with an intention to increase the status of SBI not nationally, but internationally as well. Patiala’s loss is nation’s gain.
Party and seniority matters
Fatehgarh Sahib MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra and senior office-bearer of All India Congress Committee staged a protest against the Union government in front of Peerjain branch of Malwa Grahmin Bank on Sirhind-Mohali road this past week. Nagra and other Congress activists blocked traffic on the road and nearby villagers joined the protest, which was against the harassment caused to residents as they were not getting their own money in banks and ATMs. Due to the dharna, some people even had to face inconvenience. The vehicle of senior Congress leader Lal Singh, who was reportedly on his way to Chandigarh, was stuck in the traffic jam. When Lal Singh and his gunmen noticed that Congress activists were staging the protest, one of gunmen approached the Congress workers to let the senior leader’s vehicle pass through. The Congress workers noticed the presence of the villagers and media persons there and they initially requested the gunman to take the vehicle from another route. Later, Lal Singh who was sitting in the vehicle called Nagra and after a brief talk with Nagra, his vehicle was allowed to pass the blockade. Goes to show that political stature makes a lot of difference.
Irate Sampla blows his top
A furious Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and BJP Punjab chief Vijay Sampla, during the booth level workers conference in Jalandhar, minced no words as he appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the surgical strike on terrorists by the Indian Army and at the same time, finding it hard to control his emotions over the success of surgical strike, said that now, Army has sent a clear message to its Pakistani counterparts that dare you stare at us; we take out your eyes. He said this in Punjabi, with a typical overboard accent, “Akhan (eyes) kadd lawange tuhadiyan.”
AAP ‘Topi’ at BJP booth level workers meet
An eye-catching trend was noticed during the BJP’s booth level workers conference, where workers wore the trademark ‘orange’ coloured topis instead of the old-styled BJP caps. The workers numbered in thousands, wore the BJP topis, which were similar in style to that of the AAP’s white-coloured disposable ‘topis’ bearing party’s name and symbol. When asked about the trend, a party worker said, “Ye BJP ki topi hai, wo AAP ki hogi, dono mai bahut farak hai.” (This is BJP’s cap, that’s AAP’s. Both have a lot of differences.)
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