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Leader of opposition in the Council Vinod Tawde of BJP took legislative banter to an entirely new level Thursday.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
July 22, 2013 1:26:21 am

Leader of opposition in the Council Vinod Tawde of BJP took legislative banter to an entirely new level Thursday. After health minister Suresh Shetty urged MLCs to pledge their bodies for donation,council chairman Vasant Davkhare asked Tawde if he had done so. Tawde paused for a moment,then said he had not only pledged his organs but also of Davkhare. “Tumchya vadhdivasi mee tumcha deh daan kela.” (I donated your body on your birthday.)

Moral of the story

The response of ACP Vasant Dhoble,whose crackdown on Mumbai nightlife made him the face of moral policing,to the Supreme Court judgment lifting the ban on dance bars was unusually cheerful. When a colleague called the man who has “rescued” 1,300 girls from spas,orchestra bars and massage parlours and who,as incharge of Mumbai Police Social Service Branch,raided many a bar in 2012,Tuesday,he answered the phone on the first ring. Cutting pleasantries,Dhoble said,“Nacho,gao,jiyo” (dance,sing,live). “It’s a court order. We have to follow it.”

Singham & fan-tasy land

Krishna Prakash,additional commissioner of police (south region),has a huge fan following. During his previous posting in Ahmdenagar as superintendent,he came to be known as Singham. An admirer even created a Facebook page featuring large pictures of Prakash in public places. Prakash,transferred to Mumbai last June,dismisses the Singham talk. But he has a hard time laughing off a 30-foot flex poster dedicated to him that adorns a commercial complex at an Ahmednagar intersection. He,though,admits missing being the only top cop in town.

Once bitten,twice shy

After the embarrassment of last week,when a large number of ministers skipped the Assembly session giving the opposition another stick to beat the government with,Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has decided to make a timetable. Starting Monday,a couple of senior ministers will be put in charge of morning,afternoon and evening sessions. Absentees will be pulled up.

When ministers work…

Not just ministers,MLAs and MLCs too have to work overtime when the legislature is in session. So do BMC employees,who usually start wrapping up at 5 pm. During a session,the employees have to stay put in office as long as discussions are on in the legisltive assembly and council. “At times we are stuck in office till 10 pm and have to be back by 9.30 the next morning. The logic is,if anyone at Vidhan Bhavan needs anything,we should be around to deliver,” said a head clerk.

Tech-tonic shift

Contractors associated with the BMC information technology department miss former additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta,promoted as Thane municipal commissioner over a fortnight ago. The contractors said with Gupta,the brain behind the BMC pothole-tracking website and GPS tree-tracking census,his fans were also shifting. “There is no guarantee BMC will add more online applications for citizens. Gupta was the only one interested in our work. Many of us are also running to Thane.”

Will hear,not you

A leading counsel,known in Bombay High Court for his theatrical and elaborate arguing,recently summed up a case after many hours of argument. HC gave its decision and asked the case to be heard afresh by a government authority. When the counsel,who represented an intervening NGO,insisted his client should also be heard by the government,his opponents said this would delay proceedings. Understanding their concern,HC asked the NGO counsel in jest: “Are you going to argue before the government authority as well?” When he replied in the negative,the court permitted the NGO to be heard by the government authorities.

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