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Not the theatre of politics

india Updated: Sep 14, 2009 21:23 IST

No guarded response from him

Politicians are known to be status conscious, but some among them take things too far. Hours before his scheduled return flight to the national capital, tribal affairs minister Kantilal Bhuria was told by state government officials at Jabalpur that the ceremonial send-off function would have to be put off because it was raining cats and dogs in the city at that time. Instead of being understanding, Bhuria is reported to have become furious. Eventually, he was accorded the guard of honour on the verandah of the circuit house!

There’s no one at home

Rural Development Minister C.P. Joshi had requested a particular house on Kushak Road in the Capital’s Lutyens area as his official residence. He was told that BJP President Rajnath Singh also wanted to stay in the same house. So, Joshi had to settle for 15, Ashoka Road. By then, Rajnath changed his mind apparently after an astrologer advised him against shifting to that house. However, it was too late for Joshi, as the renovation work at his Ashoka Road residence had already started. It now remains to be seen who occupies the house finally.

Not the theatre of politics

It was movie time for minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor and his personal staff. Tharoor recently went out to watch Quick Gun Murugan. His personal secretary, officer on special duty and their families accompanied him. The last Hindi movie that Tharoor saw in a theatre was apparently in the 1970’s and he was “awed by the popcorn delivery service with waiters taking orders at intermission…. the West can’t match it!” he tweeted later.

Whose side are they on?

When a 125-year-old political party tries to break with tradition and reform itself at the youth level, it runs into contradictions! The Youth Congress and National Students Union of India (NSUI) — youth and student wings of the Congress — decided to hold organisational polls to clean up and democratise themselves. And they decided to take guidance from former Chief Election Commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh, who has famously laid down the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations to conduct campus polls. Lyngdoh’s NGO, FAME, has full freedom to supervise polls, and had even got a Youth Congress candidate in Puducherry disqualified. But, when NSUI candidates were disqualified in the DUSU polls for violations of the Lyngdoh Committee guidelines — like the use of printed posters — they moved court to seek revocation of the disqualification. An organisation having full faith in Lyngdoh thus ended up opposing the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations for maintaining its hold over DUSU polls. Change, it seems, is not easy to come by.

Everyone’s in the dark here

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in the midst of his address to a conference of state ministers of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj at Vigyan Bhavan when the electricity went off. It took a minute or so for the hall to lit up again but not before some state ministers had taken a jibe at the power scenario in the country. “What will the common people do when even the Prime Minister’s conference faces a power cut,” a minister of a northern state was heard saying to his counterpart from the same region.