O Captain, my Captain!
Recently, former Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa, who has been a known detractor of current state party unit chief Captain Amarinder Singh in the past, responded to former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu’s declaration, that he would only join Congress on the condition of Captain Amarinder not leading the party in Punjab, by going out all in favour of the Maharaja of Patiala. The former Gurdaspur MP stated that there was absolutely no question of Captain Amarinder being asked to step down and that Sidhu better re-evaluate and re-draft his terms and conditions. Bajwa’s forceful rejection of Sidhu’s proposal didn’t go lost on Captain Amarinder himself as he quipped in a press conference, later in the week, that ‘it looks like all Congressmen in Punjab are on the same page.’
Mann vs Phoolka over Barnala seat in AAP’s third list
In last week’s press conference of AAP announcing their third list, Bhagwant Mann tried to create a scene and opposed Barnala candidate Meet Hayer. On the other side, H S Phoolka was quick to issue support to 27-year-old mechanical engineer Meet Hayer. Later, after the press conference, senior leaders of AAP held a meeting to resolve the issue. Sources revealed that the issue was taken up to AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal over the phone, who finally gave the green signal to Meet. However, Sanjay Singh managed the situation during the media address by not mentioning the name of the Barnala candidate. But later the party released the list of 29 candidates including Meet. Sources also revealed that the issue was debated among the party workers across the state and later, Meet received letters of appreciation from AAP volunteers.
Hardliner’s love for books
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president and former IPS Simranjit Singh Mann along with his supporters had recently visited Punjabi University, Patiala not for organising any dharna or protest, but to purchase books. National Book Trust had organised a book exhibition in the university in which top publishers are participating. The hardliner Mann, purchased some books related with history and a Punjabi-English dictionary. Mann even praised university Vice Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh for organising a successful books exhibition. Though Mann usually criticises editorial policies of English newspapers, but he is an avid reader of English dailies. Sometimes, he even writes important notes on the sides of newspapers and uses it at the time of delivering an address in his political rallies. He even writes letters to editor to express his viewpoint over some issue. His office almost daily issues press releases which is not even followed by even the ruling SAD-BJP, Congress or any other political party.
Common man’s Maharaja
A picture is doing the rounds on social media of PPCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh in which he is shown as having meals at some roadside dhabha, is drawing varying comments. While AAP ‘bhakats’ term it as a success of their party to make a high-level political leader, a former Maharaja, to eat ‘roti’ like a common man, others see it as a mere drama on the part of former CM to get votes. AAP ‘bhakats’ maintain that by making the former Maharaja have food at some roadside eatery, they had succeeded in bringing about the ‘much-desired politics of change in the state’ as the former Congress CM, who was earlier inaccessible even to his MLAs, could be now seen on roads at the dhabhas. But there are others, those with eyes for details, who do not agree with this perception. “Kuchh nahi badliya ehna da. Meij te diet coke bhi hai te Bisleri paani di bottle bhi. Ehna ne sirf jagah badli hai, roti ohi wali hai hotel type.. pata taan laggu jadon pinda wala kharra pani pive….eh sab nautanki ne.” (Except for place nothing has changed. He still drinks Diet Coke and bottled water only. Let him drink salty water of some village water-facility to get the actual taste of sufferings of the masses) was one of the comments on Facebook post recently.
Vipul Goel’s time in Haryana
Recently inducted in Haryana’s Council of Ministers as a Cabinet minister, Vipul Goel is leaving nothing unturned to give much-needed boost to the state’s sagging industries. It is learnt that he has told officials dealing with his ministry to be prompt in addressing the woes of state industrialists. However, a section of officials, who are said to be very close to former Industries Minister Captain Abhimanyu, are said to be not so cooperative with Goel, who is dreaming to develop Faridabad as the state’s real industrial hub. As of now, most of industries in Haryana are located in areas close to Gurgaon. It is learnt that Goel is keen to take some of the investments for which MoUs were signed during Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit (HHGIS) earlier this year to Faridabad. The state government has so far got 558 MoUs signed for investment proposals of over Rs 6.41 lakh crore after the HHGIS. If these investments fructify, then around 8 lakh people will get jobs in the state. Hence, Goel does not want to lose his people’s share in these jobs.
Khattar angry with babus
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is not happy with the state’s babus. He wants them to perform well by ensuring the people and BJP supporters do not have to face any problems at all, but babus are not ready to comply with his diktats so easily. As a result, Khattar recently said at a function that he knows how to make babus perform. It is learnt that several BJP leaders from state have complained to Chief Minister Khattar about the nonchalant attitude of various officers towards them. Grapevine says that when the Chief Minister failed to prevail upon them through their bosses, he decided to go public with his anger. One hopes babus start behaving differently now.
Former DGP’s phone hacked
It sound strange, but true. Former Director General of Police (Prisons) Shashi Kant’s phone was hacked recently. He wants to get phone numbers of persons known to him. He recently shared this information in a Whatsapp group. In his short message, the former IPS said, “Lost all contacts, Account hacked, May I know your name and location pl.” Shashi Kant, who had launched a crusade against drugs in Punjab, said he was feeling very lost as he did not know who was calling him. Earlier, his e-mail account was also hacked.
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