Be it the Municipal elections or Vidhan Sabha polls or the Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee polls, every time Delhi used to find herds of politicians from Punjab. But this time the situation is different. Delhi is going for Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee polls, scheduled for February 26, but this time the groups of Punjab leaders are missing on Delhi streets. The reason is quite simple: They are tired of their own hectic polls held on February 4. The majority of politicians are cooling their heels either abroad or in hills. Many are back to their business, which suffered a lot due to the Punjab campaign. No doubt few are there in Delhi seeking votes for “Bucket” or “Car”, the poll symbols of arch-rival GK group and Sarna group, but that flavor is missing. And the candidates too feel it.
Kolianwali no more ‘powerful’
For being a defaulter of PSPCL for not paying the bill worth Rs 23 lakh, the Shiromani Akali Dal’s one of the most powerful leaders Jathedar Dyal Singh Kolianwali had to face major embarrassment on Friday when the Powercom staff not only disconnected the supply but also took away the power meter in his presence. It was not only the disconnection of electricity supply but a message to all within the party and outside that Kolianwali is no more that “powerful”. It was also interesting to learn that apart from the people from opposition, his own party men were rejoicing the Kolianwali’s loss. And perhaps, it all happened after general public lodged complaints about his high-handedness to the CM during his election campaign in Lambi assembly segment recently.
Barala talk offers
BJP’s Haryana unit president Subhash Barala is keen to become a minister in the state government for which many of his well wishers advised him to show his grip over his castemen–Jats. In BJP’s Haryana government, there are two powerful Jat leaders holding important ministerial responsibilities–Captain Abhimanyu and Om Prakash Dhankar. However, grapevine says that they have not been very effective in managing state’s Jats currently agitating for quota in government jobs and institutions. As a result, Barala seems to have seen an opportunity in their alleged failure. Barala recently visited the dharna site at Charkhi-Dadri with Sukhwinder Mandhi and Ram Kishan Sharma. After meeting representatives of Jat community at dharna site, Barala said after Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi, the BJP had granted reservation in Haryana whereas the previous governments never granted reservation to the community during the last one-and-a-half decade. However, Jats were said to be not very impressed by his words of wisdom.
In Haryana, the promotion of tourism has never been a priority item for any government. The current BJP regime is at least showing some seriousness in promoting tourism but in a different manner. Haryana’s Tourism Department has prepared a ‘Tirtha Darshan’ scheme under which senior citizens above 60 years of age will be taken to some religious places. People belonging to all religions could avail themselves of the benefit of the scheme. Under the scheme, the department would bear the entire cost of tour of senior citizens belonging to BPL families whereas in case of senior citizens belonging to non-BPL families, it would bear only 70 per cent of the cost. A maximum of 250 senior citizens, who are physically and mentally fit, would be taken to specific destinations every year by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation. Needless to say, the idea has been approved by Tourism Minister Ram Bilas Sharma
INLD’s SYL love
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) is all set to exploit SYL issue to its advantage. With the Congress continues to be a divided house in the state, INLD feels that the SYL will help the regional outfit to galvanise its support base, which is under constant threat from different corners. The party leaders are quite excited about their plan to dig up SYL canal by entering Punjab’s territory in Patiala district from Ambala in Haryana. A courageous move indeed!
When Jats renamed Delhi Bypass in Rohtak
Registering their dominance in Haryana, the protesting Jaats on Balidan Divas today renamed ‘Delhi-bypass’ as ‘Jaat Shaheed Chowk’ throwing norms to winds in Rohtak. Moreover, they Jaats even erected a board at the place. This all happened right under the nose of the district administration where the police officials remained mute spectators.Generally to change or rename any place, the government has to complete a number of formalities. But today the Jaats made it free for themselves. They even appealed general public to popularized the place as Jaat Shaheed Chowk’ among the masses.
Father gives Combine in dowry to daughter
It’s strange, but it has happened in Patiala district as one farmer from Haryana while solemnising marriage of his daughter in a marriage palace in Sub-Divisional township of Samana, gifted a combine to his daughter in dowry and surprised everybody with this gesture. One Jagroop Singh, a resident of Dabba village under Kaithal district in Haryana, brought the combine to the marriage palace and gifted the keys of the said harvesting combine to his son-in-law in full public view. But while gifting the keys of the combine to his son-in-law, Jagroop Singh made it clear also that his daughter’s in-laws had never demanded any kind of dowry from him, but it was his desire that he should gift something different to them. He said that even though his daugter’s in-laws have plenty of agricultural land, but he wanted that they save their time during harvesting season and also earn some additional money as well.
Craze for VIP numbers
Such is the craze for VIP numbers, to be displayed upon the vehicle of choice of the owner, that residents go to great lengths to obtain it. In the recent past, whenever a new vehicle registration number series is commenced, the most sought-after ‘0001’ usually goes for a higher than anticipated price in the auction. A couple of days ago was no exception as ‘0001’ fetched Registration and Licensing Authority of Chandigarh a cool Rs 6.70 lakh. This happened even as the citizens limp to recovery from the knock-out blow that was demonetisation of Rs 500-1,000 currency notes. One ‘unbiased’ observer stated that maybe Chandigarh’s uber-rich populace was immune to demonetisation. Maybe.
Punjab to fight without weapons!
With Haryana’s INLD seemingly in an unrelenting mood and threatening to march into Punjab and forcibly dig up the controversial and still sub-judice Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, residents along the border areas with Haryana are in a quandary as in order to beef up their own security, they need their weapons, which have been deposited with gun-houses due to the model code of conduct being in force. One such resident of Derabassi asked that if the unruly Haryanvi Jats were to invade their lands and state, then would Punjabis have to fight them off with their bare hands?
Cops ‘switch on’ upon seeing seeing photojourno
Cops deployed at security checks at entry points of Rose festival were found to be busy in their own world instead of ensuring tight security. However, when a photojournalist from a local daily newspaper passed through without being frisked, he stopped at the spot and started to click photographs. Upon spotting him click their photographs, without wasting any time, the police personnel quickly got rid of their mobile phones and made a beeline for the entry point and started checking as well as frisking visitors to the festival. Makes one wonder if cops only ‘switch on’ when they faced with the fear of their seniors’ stick.
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