Regional Buzz: Badal Adding Colour To Personality

  • Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 01, 2015 13:54 IST

Adding colour to personality

Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have rubbed off his penchant for colourful jackets on Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab’s octogenarian chief minister.

During a recent visit to New Delhi, the CM wore different jackets for different meetings, making a fashion statement the Akali politicians are not known for.

Since the headgear of Akali politicians is mostly deep violet blue (it is white for the Congress leaders), colourful jackets is the new way to add some variety to their wardrobe.

YouTube’s new leader

People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal has taken to “YouTubing” to voice his views on political issues.

The idea is not new. It has been borrowed from Congress leader SukhpalSingh Khaira, who started making short videos of his taking up issues such as drugs, NRI marriages and the Badal resort among others.

These videos are popular online. Now Manpreet has joined the bandwagon of net-savvy politicians.

What looks like his first threeminute clip on video-sharing website YouTube shows him sitting in his study against the backdrop of his books and talking about the recent hike in petrol and diesel cess.

While he describes Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal as someone suffering from “idiotic overconfidence”, the former finance minister is trying to present himself as a well-read politician and a wise option to people.

The ‘next CM’

Leaders of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have started discussing deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh
s possible elevation to the post of chief minister in public.

While there was a buzz after every closed-door meeting of the core committee of the SAD in recent times about how to manage this, senior Akali leaders are promoting the name of junior Badal from public platforms these days.

At a public address in Raikot recently, Punjab Vidhan Sabha speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal, while concluding his speech, called upon the people to vote for the SAD in the 2017 state elections to elect Sukhbir Badal as their next chief minister.

Land and the Manns

Emaan Singh Mann (43), of for Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president and former MP Simranjeet Singh Mann says his family suffered the most because of Partition.

The family, according to him, owned 8,000 acres at Mannawala village of Sheikhupura district (now in Pakistan) before 1947, and its land is reduced to just 100 acres at present.

While the family is now settled at Talania village in Fatehgarh Sahib, Emaan, who is into construction business, claims to be fighting against the Power Grid Corporation over the installation of transmission towers on his land, leading to its devaluation by Rs 8 crore.

Emaan, who helps his father manage party affairs, had contested the SGPC (Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee) and assembly elections in the past.

Flop shows

All does not seem to be well with the Haryana Mahila Congress, especially when it comes to projecting issues and undertaking activities.

The women’s wing of the country’s oldest party put up a poor show in Chandigarh a few days ago when it sought to protest against “Putrabi jak” herbal medicine of a pharmaceutical company owned by yoga guru Baba Ramdev.

There were not even a dozen workers, and top leaders were also missing. The wing staged another unimpressive show when it sought to burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Panchkula when his government completed one year.

To top it all, some of the leaders also exchanged open heated arguments over the issue of who would address the media.

Hidden artist

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh is penning his auto biography.

While his book is expected to be a personal narrative of his political life and experiences over half a century, the octogenarian Congress leader recently let out a secret that he is also a painter.

Inaugurating an art festival the other day, Virbhadra grabbed a pencil and drew a bunch of beautiful flowers quickly, leaving the guests and the participants surprised.

No entry

Officials and newspersons had to face an embarrassment at the Haryana Civil Secretariat main entrance in Chandigarh the other day when the paramilitary personnel manning it acted tough.

“Only red-card holders will be let in,” they declared. When some officials and journalists, who have for long been using the same gate, questioned new rule, they were told flatly that they couldn’t enter.

As the news spread, there was a rethink. The old rule was restored and the entry re-allowed later in the day.

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