Delhi Underground: Reel and real

With the Delhi BJP’s new list of party functionaries yet to be announced, a war of sorts has started in the party.

New Delhi | Published: October 13, 2014 12:59:14 am

The day the Delhi Police Crime Branch arrested seven persons and solved the case of murder involving two affluent families in Andhra Pradesh, a police officer said the case reminded him of a movie he had seen a day earlier. According to the officer, the movie was about two rival families whose differences worsened after their children inter-married. “It was a holiday and I found time to watch the movie with my children. Then I had thought that things like this happened only in movies. It is strange that two days later I was investigating a similar case, involving a reporter from Andhra Pradesh dealing with the same theme,” he said.

Toilet issue

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken at length about every home having a toilet, the BJP’s Delhi unit headquarters is still functioning without a decent toilet. Last month, when Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay was asked about construction of toilets, he had said the matter was being taken up and construction of the toilets — both for men and women — would start soon. But, till date, no work has begun. Asked again, media co-convenor Praveen Shankar Kapoor said renovation of toilets that are rendered useless will start soon. The issue of lack of proper toilets have been brought up several times, especially by women workers who have to look for toilets in nearby areas.

Undying cause

As part of the Delhi Medical Association’s (DMA) anti-quackery fortnight awareness campaign, which began on October 1 and will be go on till October 15, the association is circulating an email containing an interview of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan conducted in 1998. The email also contains newspaper reports of nine doctors going on an indefinite hunger strike in September 1998 for the passage of a strong anti-quackery bill in Delhi. Harsh Vardhan had then requested the doctors to end their fast, promising action against quacks and the passage of the requested law. The proposed law, however, never saw the light of day. Now, Dr Anil Goyal, the president of DMA, has announced a dharna on October 15 to again support for strong action against quacks in Delhi.

Infighting grows

With the Delhi BJP’s new list of party functionaries yet to be announced, a war of sorts has started in the party. The incumbent media chief of the Delhi unit and the probable candidate are seemingly fighting amongst themselves over control of the media group on WhatsApp. The trouble comes even as the party is staring at polls for the Delhi Assembly and infighting simmers in the state unit. The open warfare is understood to have escalated on the day the state unit launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan when the two would-be media in-charges had a run-in in the presence of Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay.

Campaign continues

With the government formation in Delhi still under speculation, legislators are doing all they can to impress upon the voters the work they’re doing. Madan Lal, the AAP MLA for Kasturba Nagar, has printed posters, specifying the work being carried out and the money spent that he has issued. These posters are placed directly atop the under-construction project.

Clean-up incomplete

After DU launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, with the vice-chancellor too joining in the cleaning, the lack of dustbins on campus is conspicuous by their absence. “Instead of spending money on brooms and mops, it would have been better if the administration had spent money on dustbins so that students didn’t litter the premises. But I guess, dustbins don’t make for good photographs,” a student union leader said.

Hitch in sealing drive

The municipal corporations of Delhi have been sealing unauthorised properties in all zones to stop illegal constructions as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The team that goes to the spots for sealing and demolition is usually accompanied by police to avert any confrontation with residents. On Saturday, however, the civic body sent out a release to the press claiming that officials had to take action in the absence of police due to Karvachauth.

Life of a lawyer

In its plea before the Delhi High Court, the CBI had asked that INLD leader O P Chautala be directed to surrender on the same day. But the court said due process had to be followed. The counsel then asked that the hearing be held in the morning.  “This started because Chautala went for the centenary celebration of his father. I also have to go for the centenary celebration of my grandfather and have a flight in the afternoon,” the lawyer said. However, with Chautala attending Tis Hazari court in the morning, the lawyer was forced to catch a flight after the Delhi High Court’s afternoon session.

Missing in reality

After three-year-old Jhanvi Ahuja was found last week, Delhi Police began putting together a list of children reported missing since January this year. A senior police officer said, “If we go by the book, 21 children go missing everyday. But, on the ground, it is a different story. Teenagers sometimes elope or leave home on their own volition. Their parents, however, report them missing. How do we treat such cases on a par with the genuine like that of Jhanvi Ahuja?”

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