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A different Abhay

At a time when INLD raised a hue and cry over Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ram Kishan Fouji’s CD — the party has released a video clip where Fouji is reportedly seen demanding Rs 5 crore for getting a change of land use permission for a property in Gurgaon

Updated: April 8, 2014 2:21:03 pm

A different Abhay

At a time when INLD raised a hue and cry over Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ram Kishan Fouji’s CD — the party has released a video clip where Fouji is reportedly seen demanding Rs 5 crore for getting a change of land use permission for a property in Gurgaon — Chautala junior Abhay Singh maintained his poise in the Haryana Assembly. Unusually,he did not say a word even when his partymen were up on their feet. When the Speaker started suspending INLD members one by one,his name also figured in the ‘suspension list’. While Assembly marshalls were making all INLD members leave,Abhay suddenly said something that provoked Fouji,who rushed towards him,shouting. However,he was stopped midway by his party colleagues. Abhay still did not react and left the House smiling,as he knew well that after the CD sting,the day belonged to INLD.

Underground MLAs

Little did Haryana Transport Minister O P Jain and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Zile Ram Sharma imagine that they would be running from the law when the Assembly would be in session. Both are wanted in connection with the murder of a Karnal sarpanch and had been denied bail. However,the Assembly still listed a question from Sharma on the agriculture department. Both had skipped the session,as they are attempting to get bail and preparing their legal defence before considering the option of surrender. Thankfully,no question of transport department was on list.

Bold Vij

Even though the Haryana treasury benches might have extended a warm welcome to former minister Gopal Goyal Kanda — accused in the air-hostess suicide case — BJP member Anil Vij asked Speaker Kuldeep Sharma to make him leave the Assembly. Following this,the Speaker,who only minutes ago had reduced Vij’s suspension to one day on the request of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda,got infuriated. He immediately converted Vij’s suspension to his original order for the remainder of the session. But Vij was undeterred and kept shouting,“You are sending us out even though we are raising our voice against corruption. If you actually want to be fair in sending people out then send (gesturing towards Kanda) him out. He is involved in a heinous crime and has no business to sit in this august House.”

Buying time

After having heard arguments at length,a request to adjourn the petition filed by Justice (retd) Nirmal Yadav did not go down well with the single bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Yadav has challenged a special CBI court order on framing charges against her and other accused in the cash-at-judge’s door scam. While her petition was being heard last week,a junior lawyer sought an adjournment as he maintained that the arguing lawyer was “not available”. The judge,indicating at an attempt to buy time,asked the lawyer if he wanted the case to be adjourned to next week. To ensure that the case in the lower court — a hearing there is scheduled for September 16 — is not deferred just because Yadav’s petition is pending in the high court,the bench adjourned the case to September 13,asking the junior lawyer to ensure that his senior is available to argue Yadav’s petition.

Erroneous credit

Haryana Congress MP Deepender Hooda was swift enough in claiming credit for the victory of National Students Union of India (NSUI) in the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections on social networking sites. The Congress’ media office also sent press releases to mediapersons on behalf of Hooda claiming credit for NSUI’s victory. However,his trumpeteers emerged all of a sudden and that too,post victory. Not many had seen Hooda either on the cyber space or in the field during the run-up to the PUCSC polls. In such circumstances,a goof-up was not unusual. In a press release sent on Hooda’s behalf,Congress claimed that NSUI candidate Vidhi Bhogra has won the post of vice-president. She defeated Disha Arora of PUSU alliance by 385 votes. However,in reality,NSUI’s Vidhi Bhogra lost to Disha Arora,who is not a PUSU candidate,but contested under the banner of ABVP.

Power hungry?

Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee chief Phool Chand Mullana,who is facing a threat of being replaced,has started acknowledging the fact that the party is being crippled by the unprecedented infighting. In a press statement issued appreciating the Land Acquisition Bill passed in the Lok Sabha,Mullana was all praises for Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the “inclusive development” that has taken place during his tenure. Mullana mentioned that certain “power hungry leaders” in Congress were misleading the people.

Anything for money…

Though Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal doesn’t stop stressing about the healthy condition of Punjab’s finances and the state Congress doesn’t stop from mocking his claims,but the fact is that the SAD-BJP government is leaving no stone unturned to fetch money more and more money. “Now,the deputy CM has not only asked the deputy commissioners to collect money after regularising plots and colonies as soon as possible by setting up special camps for the same,but also allured them by promising to adjust them at good posts after seeing the results (collections),” a senior IAS officer claimed.

…But where is it going

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s sangat darshan programmes have not only become an eyesore in the eyes of the Opposition but also a topic of discussion among SAD leaders. A senior SAD leader claimed that Punjab needs real development and not the distribution of the money in sangat darshan programmes. “The CM’s sangat darshans has made the state more bankrupt,” he said,adding that with such programmes,funds were being misused and money hardly being used for the works for which it has been sanctioned. “If a probe is conducted on the usage of the sangat darshan programmes,then the real picture will emerge,” another SAD leader.

Blistering power

The seat of power is not a bed of roses — this is what Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal seemed to have realised recently when he was elected as the president of the SAD. By twice making the parikrama walk in the Golden Temple in Amritsar,Sukhbir’s feet developed blisters. He tried walking on the carpet spread out across the parikrama but found it worse than walking on the stones. And all this while,he had to keep smiling into the flashing cameras. When he got back to Chandigarh,he took a day off from office to keep his feet up.

Sidhu’s homecoming

The Navjot Singh Sidhu rally fiasco in Amritsar has set several tongues wagging about the political future of the BJP MP. BJP men say Sidhu had returned to his constituency after eight months mainly to support his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu,who is reportedly vying for a Lok Sabha ticket from the city. The day he returned to Amritsar,Sidhu received a lukewarm welcome. When he reached the rally venue,he was again greeted with empty chairs. The rally was cancelled. However,Sidhu returned an hour later and called a meeting of the district officials,where he slammed them for non-performance. The next day,he slammed the SAD-BJP government in Punjab for his woes. The SAD leadership is livid over Sidhu’s remarks. Navjot Kaur Sidhu better cling tightly to her post of CPS before it vanishes,said a leader.

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