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Political illness

Doctors treating Arvind Kejriwal have realised that curing the Delhi CM’s cough sounds easier said than done.

New Delhi | Published: January 27, 2014 3:16:03 am
A mural of Mahatma Gandhi being painted on the walls of the Police Headquarters building. Premnath Pandey A mural of Mahatma Gandhi being painted on the walls of the Police Headquarters building. Premnath Pandey

Doctors treating Arvind Kejriwal have realised that curing the Delhi CM’s cough sounds easier said than done. “While he is in many ways a model patient — takes his medicine, keeps himself warm and stays away from chilled food and drinks — it’s his politics that’s keeping him ill. Just when he was getting a little better, he decided to spend the night on the streets. There’s no medical cure for that,” one of his doctors said.

Gaffe, off record
A Delhi government invitation last week for a press briefing gave away more information than intended. The invitation said that a briefing with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had been cancelled and that media advisor Nagendra Sharma would brief the press instead. However, the statement read, “Nagendra Sharma would be available for off-record comments.” Little was left unsaid after this gaffe.

Jail over service
A 23-year-old man, who was sentenced to one month of imprisonment for drink driving, appealed to a sessions court for relief. The judge waived his sentence in lieu of community service for 45 days at a hospital in Karkardooma. “I would have preferred spending time in jail,” the man complained to his lawyer when he was informed that community service would comprise menial labour, and without pay. On the other hand, his wife and child appeared pleased. “At least you will understand the basics of sweeping,” she was heard commenting.

‘Govt of dharnas’
Government officials were rather amused when the government’s own employees began protesting and shouting slogans inside the Delhi Secretariat. The chief minister’s secretary was seen pacing up and down after sounds of slogan started emerging from the floor below the one which holds the chief minister’s office. “These employees are learning how to shout slogans and sit on dharnas from the chief minister himself. If the CM can sit on a dharna, employees too have the right to do so. It is a government of dharnas,” a government official said.

Jumping the gun
Even as parents waited anxiously for the Delhi High Court’s decision on nursery admission, some sections of the media flashed the news that the order which was expected to be announced on Monday would get delayed. Expressing his displeasure at the newsflash, the High Court Chief Justice asked the media not to run unverified information.

Long queue
AfteR the Press Club of India allowed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to use their toilet, they found many others following suit. The toilets at the club are located at the entrance. Without the presence of any other similar facility in the area, which Kejriwal had chosen as his protest venue, Aam Aadmi Party volunteers, police officers and media personnel decided to use the facility on the club premises.., A club member said, “The number of people inside the club turned out to be less than those queuing up to use the toilet.”

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