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Mayas successful coup
Why did Chief Minister Mayawati address a press conference six days after the attack on Minister of Institutional Finance Nand Gopal Gupta alias Nandi? Apparently,she got the wind of Leader of Opposition Shivpal Singh Yadavs plan to demand a CBI inquiry at a press conference a day in advance. To get in her word in first,she prepared herself overnight and called a press conference the next morning ¿ hours before Yadavs press conference. While the Opposition had made the attack on Nandi a law and order issue,Mayawati gave it a political turn. She said Nandi was a popular BSP leader who had defeated former BJP speaker Keshari Nath Tripathi and state Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi in the 2007 assembly elections in Allahabad South. That was why he was targetted by SP man Dilip Mishra,with the knowledge of SP legislator Vijay Mishra,she said. Attacks of political nature,including murders,had taken place under governments of all parties,she said. Shivpal held his press conference in the evening. But then,he had to contend with CM for media space.
Shahis problem of plenty
Over two months have passed since he took over as the state BJP president,but Surya Pratap Shahi is yet to name his team. Sometime ago,he visited Delhi to submit a list to national president Nitin Gadkari. But several BJP leaders followed him and some of them managed to meet Gadkari to plead their case for appointment to various positions. Party sources say Shahis problem is there are too many aspirants for every position,and several of them have godfathers at the national level. Shahi plans another visit to Delhi soon,with a new list. It remains to be seen if he has better success this time.
Battle won,but war not over
One group in the Congress is particularly perturbed over the prospects of Rita Bahuguna Joshi getting a second term. In February,Joshi had removed them for alleged failure to perform,but they complained to the AICC and got themselves reinstated. Emboldened,they virtually revolted against Joshi. Now when organisational elections are coming to an end and things seem to be moving in Joshis favour,they have stepped up their campaign. Last week,some of them organised a programme to felicitate legislature party leader Pramod Tewari apparently to project him as a popular leader. The anti-Joshi camp was present in full strength. Within days came reports of Joshi meeting Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in Delhi. Now,Joshis critics have started mellowing.
Looks like Vijay Singh,the lone IPS officer in the Chief Ministers Office,is being cut down to size. He is secretary to the Chief Minister but has also held the post of IG (Establishment) for long. For this reason,ruling party legislators and leaders would regularly approach him,not the DGP office,for the transfer of policemen. On Saturday evening,the government posted 1987 batch IPS Officer Virendra Kumar as IG (Establishment). Kumar also retains his old post of IG (Administration) as additional charge. This means Vijay Singh is now just secretary to the Chief Minister. Incidentally,DGP Karambir and his predecessor Vikram Singh were in favour of IG (Establishment) being part of the police administration,not the CMO.
A different game
Last week,during the final of the sixth Under-16 Lala Amarnath Cricket Tournament,an official of a cricket academy,along with his team,reached the K D Singh Babu Stadium. Much to the shock of everyone around,he toppled the scorers table,demanding that an account bge taken of his protest first. A day before,the academy team had failed to reach the stadium for the semi-final on time and the match was,therefore,awarded to the other team. The display of strong-arm methods left the finalist teams and officials scared and they thought it wiser to stop the match there and then. It appears that the official was the coach of the academy,which has since been suspended until December 31 by the Cricket Association,Lucknow. Obviously,the coach didnt know that it was not cricket.