The tussle between the elected representatives and executive body of the Municipal Corporation seems to be showing no signs of subsiding. While the Mayor wants some new powers to be bestowed upon her almost everyday,the Commissioner has kept a book of rules handy for such situations. With numerous letters between the two offices being exchanged and most of the Mayors proposals being shot down,one wonders what will come out of her kitty next.
With the elections round the corner,political sloganeering is at its stinging worst. In the past,political parties have come up with imaginative catchlines that have struck a chord with the voters. Congresss Indira is India and India is Indira,was controversial. Mayawatis Tilak,Tarazoo aur Talwar,Inko Maaro Joote Chaar ruffled many feathers too. We expect that several such ingenuous gems would surface again. For the time being, parties are busy,playing upon the names of each other. A Congress leader ridiculed BSP as Bahut Sara Paisa Party,while a rival denounced BJP as Bharat Jalao Party. Even as this goes to print,we heard Pranab Mukherjee describing Third Front as a Parking lot!
Lets meet for dinner tonight
Everyone was hosting dinners this fortnight. First Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal,called journalists for a five star feast at Hotel Taj. Shortly thereafter,prominent income tax lawyer Ravinder Krishan,followed suit. Thereafter,leading Chartered Accountant,TR Singla,who was recently appointed director of State Bank of India,also threw a party which included well known names from the police,bureaucracy and politics.
The ongoing tussle,between the UT Administrator and Advisor,has left the Vigilance Bureau totally perplexed. Worst is the case of IPS officer,R S Ghumman,who is the inquiry officer in the probe ordered against the Administrator. Ghumman is 24 year junior to his advisor,and has been squirming in discomfort,ever since he has been entrusted with this latest responsibility. The Vigilance Bureau,however,assures that the inquiry would be conducted in a fair manner.