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Delhi Underground: Long Speeches

The audience’s relief was short-lived because the producer then called BJP MP Chandan Mitra to the stage.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 13, 2015 12:56:39 am
 delhi underground, H S Brahma, Shweta Chauhan, Arvind kejriwal, AAP, assembly polls, NGT, PWD, MCD, delhi news, city news, local   news, delhi newsline At the Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) flyway protest by BJP workers last week. (Source: Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav )

Chief Election Commissioner H S Brahma was the chief guest at a documentary, on the apparent dangers of illegal immigration from Bangladesh into Assam, which was being screened in the city on Friday. The producer spent half-an-hour explaining the film after which he called Brahma to say a few words. After the producer’s long introduction, Brahma promised he would speak for only two minutes.

However, he went on to speak for a good 15-20 minutes making the audience visibly restive. A lawyer in the crowd suddenly spoke up, to loud laughs, “Mr Brahma, you had said two minutes”. To which Brahma apologetically said, “Sorry. Mai emotional ho gaya. Thanks for reminding me.” The audience’s relief was short-lived because the producer then called BJP MP Chandan Mitra to the stage.

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Impressed with the courageous act of their newly appointed IPS officer, Shweta Chauhan — who rescued two eunuchs and chased the kidnappers — the top brass of Delhi Police awarded her with the title of ‘Mardaani’. In its weekly crime review meeting at the Police Headquarters, the Delhi Police appreciated her and a joint commissioner. A special commissioner also asked his subordinates to learn something about duty from Chauhan.

Prayers for Kejriwal
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s successful treatment in Bangalore has brought relief not only to him and his family but to many Delhiites. At the CII national conference on Tuesday, a member of the audience who stood up to ask him a question on the rising pollution levels in the city started by saying, “I would first and foremost like to congratulate you as your cough has been cured.” The chief minister thanked him. On Wednesday the family of Shahnawaz, who was killed in an alleged case of road rage, met Kejriwal seeking justice for their son. Shahnawaz’s mother also told Kejriwal, “We always prayed to Allah that your cough may be cured soon.”

Lying low
After its defeat at the hands of the AAP in the recently concluded Assembly polls, the Delhi BJP unit has been lying low. It is understood that the national unit has told the state unit to concentrate on keeping a watch on the Kejriwal government. It has also been told not to indulge in any sort of political manoeuvre as it could go against the party.

Diesel ban necessary
After a counsel spoke to the National Green Tribunal bench of the logistical difficulties of implementing its order on the ban of 10-year- old diesel vehicles, the bench observed, “Even the petitioner has a Mercedes which is older than 10 years,” adding that the ban was needed in order to ensure better air quality in Delhi.

Dragged out of meeting
With factions in play during a General Body meeting on Friday, lawyers of the Delhi High Court nearly came to blows when one lone lawyer decided to raise hiz voice against the decisions being taken. After several minutes of shouting and booing from the lawyers of the other faction, the protester was dragged away from the meeting, still loudly making his arguments.

Not our job
The Public Works Department (PWD) had begun an anti-encroachment drive a month ago in an effort to “clean up” the city. In several areas, gates and parking spaces were demolished by bulldozers amid heavy police presence. However, despite their efforts, debris lies strewn about the streets in many areas. A PWD official said, “It’s the municipal corporations’ job to clean up the city. Our job is to remove encroachments, which we have done. We have also piled up the debris neatly on the side of the road.” Residents, however, say the debris has created a nuisance with the material piling up at their doorstep.

Nowhere to sit
Transport department teams, along with Traffic police, that are manning the borders for trucks after the NGT order last week are having a tough time. With no booths or tolls for these checks, sources said the teams that went out in the last 2-3 days had to “borrow” chairs from the toll tax counters run by the municipal corporations.

Since the toll tax counters had only one or two chairs, most had to spend the night standing or squatting on the footpaths. “From next week, we will have to carry chairs on these rounds. Else this is an impossible task. Fumes from the diesel vehicles make us feel exhausted, and the least we need is a chair to sit on while waiting for trucks,” an officer said.

Opposed to MCD unification?
Faced with an acute financial crisis, the three municipal corporations have repeatedly been demanding unification as a solution to the problem. However, in recent meetings, the agenda for unification has been postponed several times. Sources claim that the state leadership of the ruling BJP is not in favour of unification since having three corporations “accommodates” the senior leaders of the corporations and “prevents infighting”.

Therefore, the standing committee of the North Municipal Corporation has now decided to form a committee that will debate the pros and cons of unification.

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