The Lohri celebrations organised by the UT Administration officials were in full swing and the bureaucrats and senior IPS officials were playing Tambola. On a move,the prize money came out to be Rs 60 which,according to rules,had to be shared by UT Inspector General of Police and Lady Governor Jean Rodrigues. IG SK Jain ducked for cover and announced that it was his bogie-call. However,it was found that Jain was acting modest and wanted the Lady Governor to take the prize money,for obvious reasons. The end result both won Rs 30 each. The celebrations,which unofficially were organised for arranging a patch-up between UT Administrator General SF Rodrigues (retd) and Advisor Pradip Mehra,did not yield the desired result,as Mehra was absent from the scene.
With the lobbying for tickets for the Lok Sabha elections on,there are rumours about various prospective candidates. One of these is about a leader who is seemingly always in telephonic conversation with a party top shot in New Delhi. But the trick is that there is no one on the other side. The fake conversation is organised just to impress the visitors and fellow leaders. Now,when the news is traveling via grapevine,its speed is fast. Most people are well aware of the pseudo-calls dialled by this leader,so his phone is a subject of much ridicule now.
If a week is a long time in politics,then a year is an eternity. So it seems in view of the fickle opinions of some of the states leaders. About a year ago,leader of the BJP in the Haryana Assembly,Ram Kumar Gautam,used to script paeans for Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda despite belonging to the rival camp. But of late,Gautam has started finding more virtues in BSPs Mayawati. On the other hand,the Independent MLA from Ateli in Mahendragarh,Ram Naresh Yadav,who had refused to lend support to the Congress unlike other Independent MLAs in the state,now thinks there is no better politician in the state than Hooda. This change in tunes could be attributed to the sudden vacancies in the Congress after the departure of the entire Bhajan Lal family. Similarly,the BJP leaders who swore they would never have alliance with the INLD are now holding joint rallies.
Ever since the Central Vigilance Commission,taking a stern notice of the ongoing controversial mega projects in the city,ordered a probe,bringing most of the former and present senior bureaucrats of the city under suspicion,the Chandigarh Administration has launched a face-saving exercise. Every alternate day,a controversial project is picked up and months-old press-releases are issued by the Public Relations Department,on the instructions of the senior officials,with nothing new in such releases.
Dr Naresh Raj ,Director,Health,PSEB in Patiala,has decided that after his death,his body be given to the Department of Anatomy,Government Medical College,Patiala. Dr Raj,who is a reader of The Indian Express,wants his body to be used for medical research. Certainly a noble cause,Dr Raj has even signed a declaration and an affidavit to this effect in favour of the Principal,Medical College,Patiala. Describing it as real service,he says more and more people should come forward to donate their bodies.