Delhi Underground: Too many panels

Thursday and Friday saw a meeting of the National Executive and the National Council respectively.

New Delhi | Published: February 3, 2014 2:27:03 am
A daily wage worker returns home with her children as armed forces continued with rehearsals for the Beating Retreat ceremony. (Neeraj Priyadarshi) A daily wage worker returns home with her children as armed forces continued with rehearsals for the Beating Retreat ceremony. (Neeraj Priyadarshi)

Too many panels

The Aam Aadmi Party’s ever-growing number of committees has left even party members confused. According to them, it was becoming increasingly difficult to remember which leader was part of which committee. For instance, Thursday and Friday saw a meeting of the National Executive and the National Council respectively, but the fact that they are two different committees escaped several party members. “When the media called us to ask what the meetings were about, we used the two terms interchangeably, thinking that both were the same committee. Only later did we realise that they were two different groups,” a party member said. To make matters worse, a new ‘national’ committee was announced on Saturday — the National Candidate Committee.

Inexperience shows

When a journalist asked a senior Congress MLA in Delhi what the party was going to do over power tariff, the leader broke into laughter and said, “We will protest.” Later, he explained that the topic dominating discussions within the Congress Legislature Party was the Congress’ inability to undertake protests. “Abhi toh Congress ko dhang se protest karna bhi nai aata (The Congress doesn’t know how to protest),” the MLA said.

Call later

As promised, Education Minister Manish Sisodia is calling back parents who had complained on the nursery admission helpline. When he called back on a number, however, a woman told him to call back later as her husband was asleep. “I called back a parent. The wife picked up, so I informed her that I was the Education Minister. She told that me her husband was sleeping and that I should call back later,” Sisodia said.

Media-savvy

The AIIMS administration is reviving its media cell. With the new director taking over last year, new appointments, including those of the media cell in-charge, spokesperson and media coordinator, have been made. “The media cell did not have any posts barring that of the spokesperson for the last five years. This was seen as one of the reasons for a slew of negative stories… there was no proper mechanism to engage with the media. Now, the media cell has been reconstituted and we have organised three press conferences in the first month of this year,” a senior official said. All the appointees are fresh faces.

Overheard

Minutes after the Rs 8-crore heist near Lajpat Nagar, police officers from South district were heard talking among themselves about how a different police station would have been in charge of the investigations had the robbery taken place just a few feet away from the road. In that case, the robbery would have been investigated by the Defence Colony police station in South-east district. The robbery took place on the road, which comes under the Lajpat Nagar police station. The parapet of the road and the area beyond it, however, falls under the Defence Colony police station.

Public or private?

Law Minister Somnath Bharti on Sunday morning tweeted about a scheduled volunteers’ meet at the Aam Aadmi Party’s Malviya Nagar headquarters at 4 pm. “AAP Malviya Nagar volunteer meet today (Sunday) at 4 PM NIL-26 2nd floor Malviya Ngr. please be available on time. (Phone Number) Somnath Bharti,” his tweet said. AAP Malviya Nagar’s Facebook page also shared details of the meeting, with the same message. Given these announcements on social media, media personnel turned up at the party headquarters. However, Bharti showed up half an hour late at the terrace of the building and asked mediapersons to leave. “This is a private event. We don’t want it to be reported. How do you people get to know of these meetings?” Bharti asked. Later, he tweeted the link to pictures of the volunteer meeting on AAP Malviya Nagar’s Facebook page.

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