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Gaur?s preemptive move

india Updated: Sep 10, 2006 13:56 IST

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BJP CIRCLES are abuzz with rumours that Babulal Gaur had his daughter-in-law Krishna Gaur’s name floated as the possible BJP candidate for Bada Malehra by-election at the behest of some party bigwigs in New Delhi. The strategy is to counter Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s move to field wife Sadhna Singh for the Vidisha Lok Sabha seat.

Significantly, Krishna Gaur had to quit MP State Tourism Development Corporation chairperson’s post at the intervention of Shivraj Singh Chouhan who was then the State BJP chief. Now by pushing his daughter-in-law’s name, the Commerce Minister is keen to give the message to the BJP that if Sadhna Singh could be considered why not Krishna Gaur.

If the BJP apprehends the party workers’ anger over family promotion, why should he (Gaur) be singled out; the party should thwart the CM’s electoral plan for the spouse as well.

Dressing down
Nobody knows exactly what transpired in the BJP executive meet in Dehradun on the issue of Professor Sabharwal’s death. There are conflicting reports. While some say senior BJP leaders gave a severe dressing down to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for his gaffe, other reports suggest it was a ‘frank’ assessment of the situation arising out of the Ujjain incident.

However, this much is for sure that the party is acutely conscious of the fact that the embarrassment to the MP Government due to the Ujjain incident was thoroughly avoidable. Much as the CM’s apologists may try to make light of the Dehradun confabulation on the issue, the fact remains that a beleaguered Chouhan had to do a lot of explaining before senior leaders.

However, the CM is still basking in the reflected glory of the awards the State got in a function recently and rushed to Indore for a felicitation after returning from Dehra Doon. Many more felicitations are lined up.

‘People’s Collector’
COLLECTOR S K Mishra is flood victims’ victim these days. He is flustered by virtually incessant calls on his mobile phone from flood victims wanting to know how soon will they get compensation. The Collector explained ad nauseam to flood victims that survey teams will visit them and give away stipulated aid after assessment. Yet, calls for compensation don’t stop. Clearly, Mishra is not quite relishing the idea of being ‘ Peoples Collector’.

Uma’s PR exercise
Bharatiya Janshakti president Uma Bharti is rediscovering the power of the media. In the last couple of days, she invited journalists and photographers in groups for tête-à-têtes. The meetings were just part of a PR exercise not meant for publication where she regaled them all.

For many scribes who had borne the brunt of her contempt of the media as chief minister were in for a pleasant surprise. Hate it or love it, you can’t do without media in politics. The truism seems to have finally dawned on the Sadhvi. But it has dawned when Uma’s print and sound byte value has diminished drastically. Yet, the exercise was not a bad idea as future investment on goodwill.     

Blessing with a warning 
BHAGWAN DAS Sabnani’s birthday bash posed a peculiar dilemma for his mentor Uma Bharti. She didn’t want to dampen the festive spirit of the State Bharatiya Janshakti general secretary’s supporters. Nor did she approve of the pompous show of the fan club at Manas Bhawan.

So, she resolved the dilemma in her own inimitable way. She joined the chorus in wishing Sabnani happy birthday on stage and amid festivity, remonstrated supporters for organising such ostentatious show for an individual’s gratification. She even asked them to dissolve the fan clubs, as they tend to encourage personal loyalties at the party’s expense.

Academic intoxication!
INDIRA GANDHI National Open University (IGNOU) has indeed done humanity a great disservice by hiding away the great virtues of its courses. Finally, a retired IAS officer took it upon himself to reveal the courses’ intoxicating effect.

In the IGNOU press conference, the IGNOU’s  ‘brand ambassador’ was also present where he said reading materials of the courses gave him the kind of pleasure, which a connoisseur derives from best of wines, or a gourmand savours in best of non-veg foods. It is only to be hoped that over indulgence in reading does not lead to similar bad effects that overdrinking and overeating cause.

Contributed by Rakesh Dixit, Ranjan, Sravani Sarkar and Anil Dubey

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