Switching, they stand lucky
Navjot Singh Sidhu, Inderbir Singh Bolaria, Pargat Singh and Sukhpal Singh Khaira are the names who have successfully entered Punjab Vidhan Sabha after switching their loyalties. Sidhu detached himself from BJP, Bolaria and Pargat said good bye to Shiromani Akali Dal and Khaira had jumped out of Congress boat before going for the polls. Davinder Ghubaya, whose father is now a rebel Shiromani Akali Dal MP from Ferozepur, is a Congress legislator from Fazilka. Now, they all will be seen sharing joys with those whom they used to flay in the past.
Badal holds more stamina than Amarinder
For the past five years, Captain Amarinder Singh was appealing to his bête noir Parkash Singh Badal to retire from politics referring to his age. And in counter, Badal every time dared Amarinder to face him in wrestling ring, claiming that he was much more energetic than him. Badal’s claim virtually stood correct on the first day of the Vidhan Sabha session as Amarinder Singh left the oath-taking ceremony mid-way. Even while reading his oath, the 75-year-old Amarinder Singh was noticed to be breathless. This made all visitors observe that 90-year-old Badal held more stamina than Amarinder, the former was rarely seen leaving the proceedings mid-way and whenever he stood up to speak his voice was crisp.
Lawmakers make a rainbow
Many of them entered the Vidhan Sabha for the first time so coming up well dressed was quite expected from our lawmakers. A number of legislators including Rana Gurjit Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu gave competition to their women colleagues wearing much brighter colours than them. The photographers also witnessed a major difference this session as earlier their cameras used to capture more of blue colours but this time Akalis being in minority, the photographs had a variety of colours. AAP MLAs opted to come wearing yellow (Basanti) turbans symbolising their party’s poll campaign theme of patriotism and in the Congress camp, the lawmakers were spotted donning headgears of magenta, pink, green, white, brown and many other colours.
Sidhu’s eye on CM’s chair
The fact that Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is an ambitious person is a known secret, yet the motormouth MLA from Amritsar (East) certainly did himself no favours this past week as he jumped at the chance to takeover Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s seat in the state Vidhan Sabha. The incident took place this past week when Captain Amarinder Singh, after majority of the MLAs had taken their oaths, left his seat and proceeded to leave the state assembly. Sidhu, whether knowingly or unknowningly, seized the chance to seat himself in Captain’s chair. He kept sitting in the chair for at least 10 minutes before a member of the watch and ward staff asked him to vacate the seat as it was against protocol, leaving the former cricketer a wee bit embarrassed.
Two former DC’s take oath as MLAs
Two IAS officers-turned- politicians – Kuldip Singh Vaid and Som Prakash- along with 115 newly-elected lawmakers took oath of the first day of Punjab assembly session in on Friday. While Vaid, is a Congress MLA from Gill Constituency, and was a Deputy commissioner, Moga, Som Parkash is BJP MLA from Phagwara. He has served as a Deputy Commissioner in Punjab.
Journalists wooing fraternity
Candidates, belonging to two city-based groups of journalists, who are contesting the Chandigarh Press Club elections, did not even miss a single opportunity to seeks votes from members, in last five days of their election campaign. On Saturday, while some of the candidates of a group were standing with folded hands in front of the main gate of Punjab Vidhan Sabha sought votes from journalists, the other group went ahead and were seen seeking votes inside the Vidhan Sabha. While one group has been making promises and criticising the current one, the latter has been seeking votes listing its achievements in the last one
CMO’s ‘fading’ glitter
Haryana Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has become a hot topic of discussion these days for several reasons doing rounds in the corridors of power. Many say that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar himself gets helpless in taking independent decisions on many matters. Grapevine suggests that Khattar was not very keen to deal with Jat quota matter so softly this time. However, he was not allowed to be harsh with the Jat leaders including Yashpal Malik, who was spearheading the quota stir in the state. Notwithstanding the fact Malik had publicly urged Jats in western Uttar Pradesh not to vote for the BJP in the just concluded assembly polls, the party leaders were scared of taking on him given his clout among the community in Haryana as well. It is being claimed that a section of bureaucrats in Haryana are powerful enough to prevail upon the CMO, thus ‘eroding’ the authority of CMO.
Haryana’s BJP unit president Subhash Barala is said to be unhappy with his party bigwigs, not because they are not liking him but because of the fact that they do not talk about possibilities of his inclusion in the state’s Council of Ministers. Barala, since he is the BJP’s Haryana unit president, can be accommodated only as a Cabinet Minister, but there is no vacancy in the ministry at this level. As things stand today, it is difficult for Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to drop any of his Cabinet colleague, which he has conveyed to the party leadership. Needless to say, Barala has no option but to wait for his day.
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