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These days,LK Advani is hectically blogging about everything,right from his favourite coffee table book to his Vijay Sankalp rallies.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
May 4, 2009 3:56:00 am

Tech(ing) it too far
These days,LK Advani is hectically blogging about everything,right from his favourite coffee table book to his Vijay Sankalp rallies. In his latest blog,the BJP patriarch raves about the party’s ‘IT vision’. But a party leader seems to have taken this ‘vision’ far too seriously. BJP New Delhi candidate Vijay Goel,who has become known for flooding inboxes with SMSes,started with humble requests for votes. Now his messages,sent several times in a day,promise everything under the sun. Sample a few: “Goel is the one name to overcome poverty. The one team to generate employment. The one man fighting for your rights…” And the latest addition to the list: “The one army for the security of your life!”

Water,water,everywhere
When a certain house got flooded in Old Rajinder Nagar last week,the occupants decided to use the Right to Information Act to know where the water “came from”. The RTI application,submitted to Delhi Jal Board’s secretary,has a set of questions. They read like this: “Who released the water? With whose permission the water was released? Where did the water come from?” Reacting to the questions,a DJB official whispered,“When we don’t supply enough drinking water,why would we open the tap to flood some house?”

Mute and pointless?
During a recent padyatra,BSP Chandni Chowk candidate Haji Mustaqeem didn’t utter a single word. The first-time candidate waded through the narrow lanes of Chatta Lal Mian,occasionally splashing water on his face. Defending his silence,partymen say it was “too hot (at 6.30 pm) to speak on such walks”. But the locals (of course) wanted to hear the candidate’s opinion about the locality’s problems and his plans to fix them. After the procession passed,a resident said: “I know it is hot and all that. But he needs to at least tell us who he is.”

Wait is on
There is a flip side to the Lok Sabha elections — East Delhi residents’s wait for a new Metro station has become prolonged. The inauguration of the Yamuna Bank Station,an extension of the Dwarka-Indraprastha line,has been rescheduled twice. Fearing the inauguration may court controversy during election time (‘swing votes in favour of Congress’),the DMRC first shifted it from April 28,then May 2. Now,the ceremony has been fixed for May 10,which may not be a ‘low-key affair’ planned earlier. Till then,the residents wait.

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Musings,My Lord
These days,judges of the district courts are busy polishing their literary skills. And the inspiration is the upcoming Abhivyakti,the first e-magazine for judges,who have been invited to contribute articles in Hindi and English for the first issue. Excited by the initiative,a judge said,“I had been seeking permission from the higher judiciary to send my articles to international journals. Now I can grab the opportunity and let my colleagues and others read them effortlessly.”

Smart,eh!
Recently,a private bank employee,fired due to the economic slowdown,stole information of ‘rich’ customers and duped the bank of Rs 9 lakh. But the cops were ‘smarter’. They tracked him with the help of the courier agency that delivered the drafts he made from stolen information to his address.

Voiced and unvoiced
Having frequently come under fire of late,discom BSES believes it is picked on more often than its counterpart (NDPL) because “those with a voice” live in areas under it — West,East,and South Delhi. An exasperated BSES official said,“Industrialists,journalists,politicians… most of them live in areas looked after by us. And they are quick to point out the slightest of problems.”

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