The Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) was severely criticised for the poor condition of the road from Bopal bridge to Shantipura Circle by Vice President of Gujarat BJP
I K Jadeja on Thursday. Within a few hours after the senior leader wrote on Twitter, asking if officers of AUDA would walk on such a road and whether contractors would take no responsibility, AUDA sent its men and machinery to repair the road. While Jadeja posted another tweet commending AUDA’s quick response, his original post got politicos talking, especially in the BJP which is extremely image conscious. A party worker said it was possible that Jadeja’s angst was against the bureaucracy, which is at the helm of affairs in the AUDA without a political leader as chairman.
Wooed, Then Dismissed
While journalists in Gujarat are getting used to union ministers’ unannounced visits or barring media from some public and party meetings, it came as a rude shock on Wednesday when Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad ‘curtly’ asked mediapersons to leave the venue of an interaction between the state’s industry leaders in manufacturing and information technology, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. The minister had inaugurated a centre of excellence managed by NASSCOM there. What left mediapersons miffed was that they were treated this way after media houses had been bombarded with invites and reminders via text messages and phone calls from public relations agencies and the Press Information Bureau, asking them to attend the event just a few hours before it was to begin. The journalists had also been assured of a media interaction with the minister. So the organisers were left dumbstruck at the turn of events and had no option but to apologise.