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When Yogi Adityanath decided to hold his Gorakhpur rally on Sunday,he did not bother about things like coordination.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: February 16, 2009 1:53:09 am

Rajnath rejects,Yogi bulldozes
When Yogi Adityanath decided to hold his Gorakhpur rally on Sunday,he did not bother about things like coordination. Party sources said he met L K Advani and got his programme fixed for Gorakhpur. Doesn’t matter if party president Rajnath Singh had rejected Yogi’s request,as a programme where he will address a rally on New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan had already been slotted. But after Yogi received Advani’s consent,Singh had no option but to come down to Gorakhpur. He arrived early,made his speech and left before Advani reached Gorakhpur. Party insiders said Yogi had not even discussed Advani’s rally with the state leadership. Normally,before any important rally,party leaders hold a meeting to discuss details and make plans.

Amar Singh’s ‘weighty’ issues
SP general secretary Amar Singh carries lots of weight in party affairs. Literally,too,he seems to carry a lot of weight. Last Friday,when Singh went to Muzaffarnagar to address a public meeting,the stage collapsed soon after he climbed on it. Singh and many others were trapped in the wreckage. It took some effort by his guards to rescue him. Luckily,Singh wasn’t injured — at least he did not look injured. A similar incident had taken place at Gorakhpur some time ago. One hopes SP functionaries have learnt some lessons. If nothing unfortunate has happened in the past,it doesn’t mean it can’t happen in the future.

Mixed doubles on badminton court
One doesn’t expect marriage parties in a badminton academy. But such functions are taking place in the newly-built Babu Banarasi Das Badminton Academy. Last week,two such parties have been held there. LDA officials say the practice is illegal because it is institutional land which cannot be used for commercial purposes. UPBA secretary Vijay Sinha,however,says only their members are allowed to hold such parties and that it is not a commercial activity. “The money taken from them is a donation used for maintenance and development of the academy,” he explained,adding the academy needs Rs 5 lakh every month for such purposes. Now,everyone who violates a rule has some excuse. But why is the LDA not putting an end to it?

Off-track,of course
Several participants at the 30th National Veterans’ Athletics Championship organised at the K D Singh Babu Stadium from February 12 to 14,felt that the absence of synthetic tracks had taken some of the sheen away from the event. Karnataka athlete T N Sitamma wondered why this prestigious event could not be organised at a place which had a synthetic track. Chairman of the Veterans Athletics Federation of India Ranganatha said the city had only two synthetic tracks. One at the headquarters of the 35th Battalion of PAC where the All India Police Meet was on,and the other at the Sports College,which was at the far-end of the town. A lame excuse.

LDA chants a VIP mantra
Stories of the LDA’s apathy to citizens abound — people not getting their plots and refunds for years,not to talk of smaller issues. But LDA babus know how to take care of VIPs. Every day,they update a list of VIP cases and complaints and constantly monitor their progress. If the VIPs are happy and satisfied,why worry about the janta?

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