Red carpet for Capt at Badal village
Highlighting an alleged multi-crore recruitment scam involving one of the close aides of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh has announced to stage a dharna at Badal village located in Lambi Assembly constituency on June 18. On the fixed day, accompanied by hundreds of Congressmen, he will be staging a demonstration against the Chief Minister and the state government. Interestingly, an unfazed Chief Minister has reportedly asked his personal staff to make a variety of cool drinks at his place, saying that it will be a rare occasion when ‘Maharaja Patiala’ will be seen coming out of his palace in the scorching heat for staging dharna. It has been learnt that the Chief Minister has asked his staff to revise his hectic schedule in such a way that he could remain present there at the village to give his political rival a red carpet welcome.
A disturbing rumour
A rumour that gangster Lawrence Bishnoi jumped the police custody when he was being taken to Sikar in Rajasthan for court hearing from Faridkot Jail, made the jail staff sweat hard on Saturday. As the information, which was later proved false, was quite disturbing for the jail superintendent, he took along a battery of cops and searched the jail thoroughly. He spent time with Bishnoi locked up there and ensuring that all which was in air was a rumour, the jail officer asked the gangster: “Keeping you people in the jail is a 24-hour risk to the uniform”. Tired in holding the whole exercise with also attending the repeated calls from superiors and media persons on the parallel, the jail superintendent was heard saying to all: “Main Taan Rabb Ton Eho Sukh Mangda Haan Kke Jinni Der Main Jail Chala Reha Hain Eh Naa Bhajje, Baad Vich Rabb Rakha.”
Waging political battle with tech
Unlike earlier, all political parties active in the state have now decided to depend more on social media than traditional modes-newspapers and news channels-to put forth their views for public consumption. Every party is earmarking good enough budget for spending on social media as they all have now realised that truth or lie, the message reaches much faster among the masses to react upon. The war of politics has entered a new level¸ where the politicians also want their clippings in newspapers and channels also be uploaded on Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp so as to ensure that things get much wider publicity. It was interesting to experience one such instance, where a comedian-turned-politician took so much pride in telling: “Reporter Sahib Aapan Tuhadi News Cutting Facebook Ate Whatsapp Group Vich Paa Ditti Hun Dekna Kina Response Aanda.”
Right man for right job!
The government, which is otherwise known for mismanaging efficiency of its officers for political considerations, has at least picked up right man for the right job so far as HP’s IT Department is concerned. A go getter, Additional Chief Secretary, IT, Sanjeev Gupta, who is an IIT graduate, has proved so. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, in fact, could not stop himself from appreciating Gupta at the inauguration of the state data centre, first green data centre of the country, in Shimla on Saturday. Some senior IAS officers were jealous, as they have been trying to pin down Gupta over his forthright approach to say ‘no’ to an unjustified work of politicians. Others need to learn from Gupta!.
Senior IAS officer left cribbing
It is difficult indeed to be happy all the time even if someone is a senior IAS officer, as the aura of office keeps changing from time to time. Take Himachal Pradesh’s Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Vineet Chowdhry, who had high hopes from the government that he would be elevated to the post of Chief Secretary or would be adjusted suitably elsewhere, given his seniority, but he has been left cribbing. He had no option but to proceed on one month leave after his junior VC Pharka was appointed Chief Secretary earlier this week. Chowdhry was not in consideration of the government for his alleged confrontational approach. He had earlier filed an RTI, questioning his transfer out of Urban Development Department. He also has a history of proceeding on leave time and again, and recently he had even applied to the government for extra ordinary leave to work in a private firm. The state government okayed his plea, but not the Government of India, saying there was no such provision. The talk in the Secretariat is that Chowdhry had a taste of his own medicine now, as he had allegedly been behaving autocratically in the Health Department all through, caring a damn for seniority in approving postings.
Dushyant Chautala in dilemma
INLD’s young MP from Hisar Dushyant Chautala is upset these days, at least his supporters have this impression ever since the Jat quota probe panel headed by retired IPS officer Prakash Singh ‘inadvertently’ incorporated his name among those whose role is under scanner for fomenting quota violence in Haryana in February this year. From the day one, / INLD has been aggressive in attacking the Congress and the BJP for what happened in the state during quota stir. However, Prakash Singh’s report had a damaging impact on the INLD, which is now leaving nothing unturned to save Dushyant from the ‘blot’ which many Congress leaders are carrying!
Hooda versus Ashok Tanwar
The Congress in Haryana still remains a divided house from within and outside as well, though the party leaders take pride in the ‘fact’ that their party is quite united in the state, where they lost power so abysmally in the 2014 Assembly polls to the BJP. Recently former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and HPCC president Ashok Tanwar planned a press conference in Chandigarh almost simultaneously. When Hooda came to know about this, he told his aides to prevail upon Tanwar and get his PC rescheduled in which they succeeded. However, Tanwar is learnt to have conveyed to Hooda through his emissaries that he should also keep in mind the future of party when he decides for any solo party meeting, but will Hooda ever bother about all this when Tanwar has embraced his detractors within the Congress!
ACP craves for honours as crime rate goes up
It is something unheard of so far as policing in the city is concerned. The newly Assistant Commissioner of Police, Atam Nagar zone, is busy, but not to check the rising crime graph, but attending functions being organised in his honour. At least this is the public perception about the ACP which has gained ground these days. In the past one week, local politicians and social activists have organised a number of functions to keep the ACP in good humour. Some of them even went to his office and honoured him. Last but not the least, the close aides of ACP do not forget to upload their boss’ photographs on social media platforms, while criminals are having a great time!
Do they really care for their own slogan?
There is a world of difference between slogan and justifying the gist of what the slogan stands for, something which haunts every citizen of Chandigarh when he is reminded of the Chandigarh Police’s motto of being in existence-’We care for you!’ No doubt, the Chandigarh Police leave nothing unturned to justify the spirit of slogan, especially those ‘cops in white uniforms’ standing under the sun to regulate traffic flow, but some of them are besmirching their image by indulging in certain acts, which force the people to have second opinion about their commitment to the jobs they have taken up.
A matter of hidden talent
The best way to get closer to a person is talk about his hidden talent even if he or she does not possess at all. A photojournalist tried this trick on a teacher recently when the Class X result was announced. While arranging students to click them suitably at a school here, the photographer asked a female teacher if she had ever modelled. The question left her surprised as well as smiling. The teacher standing next to the school topper, said: “No, I haven’t…But I always thought ….” However, the photographer took a U-Turn by saying that he was asking a young man in the crow and not the teacher, which left her really…………!
Savouring ‘paper leak scam’
Just a few months left when Punjab goes for the Vidhan Sabha elections, the opposition parties seem to have found a cake in the form of paper leak scam, which they are savouring like anything. After Captain Amarinder Singh announced to take on the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s close aide Dayal Singh Kolianwali at Badal village for his alleged involvement in the scam, everybody is keeping his fingers crossed as to if the move will benefit Captain electorally or not. Things have become quite interesting with Dayal Singh threatening to file a defamation case against Captain if he doesn’t prove the allegations in ten days. As expected, Captain just dared Kolianwali file the suit right away if he has the guts. It is up to Kolianwali to decide now!
(Contributed by Rajay Deep, Archana Phull, Simranjot Singh Makkar, Rajeev Ranjan Roy, Amarpreet Singh Makkar, Sukhdeep Singh and Himani Bahuguna)
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