VARUN GANDHI is perhaps not as sad over denial of ticket from Vidisha as Rampal Singh is on getting the ticket. Friendship with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh cost ministership to the two-time MLA from Udaipura. After all, what is an MP as compared to a Cabinet minister and that too of PHE Department?
Moreover, Rampal cannot be so naïve not to know that his Rama is asking him to do the ‘Bharat job’ on Vidisha seat. Why else the CM would have been so insistent on giving the ticket to a ‘local person’?
Dating with Nagma
If Sourav Ganguly is still enamoured of film actor Nagma, he has a potential rival in Madhya Pradesh. State Congress president Subhash Yadav has a ‘date’ with greying superstar of South Indian cinema tomorrow. No, not exactly date but Yadav wished it were so.
On Saturday, at AICC observer J P Agrawal’s press conference, some journalists sought to know if Nagma is also in the reckoning as Congress candidate or Vidisha. Agrawal pleaded ignorance about the very name of Nagma. Yadav, who was seated beside Agrawal, butted in to announce that he is meeting Nagma tomorrow at New Delhi.
So you have a date with Nagma, a journalist quipped. In reply the MPCC chief expressed more through his blushed gesticulation than incoherent words that if only he had this privilege.
Yadav has already been quoted in the local media as saying that Nagma could be a surprise name for Vidisha.
Too many cooks
Too many cooks are spoiling the Congress broth. With eight spokespersons eager to tell the media about the State Congress reactions on BJP Government’s omissions and commissions, the party State headquarters is in disarray. State Congress chief’s argument behind having so many spokesmen is that he is only following the AICC guidelines. Fair enough.
But AICC has a variety of subjects to deal with like defence, finance, foreign policy etc. Media spokesman are, therefore, selected on the basic of their ability to articulate Congress viewpoints on varied subjects. Was that criterion adopted in spokespersons’ selection in MPCC?
Relief from helmet checking
Here is good news for those who feel harassed by helmet checking by the traffic police. New DGP A R Pawar feels that traffic police need to re-prioritise its task for bringing order on roads.
He feels that more important than helmet or car belt checking is to create awareness about traffic rules.
He has planned a set of comprehensive directions for the traffic police to implement. Helmet checking does not figure high in the plan.
Some policemen bore the brunt of Principal Secretary Pukhraj Maroo’s ire for none of their fault the other day. The policemen were requisitioning government vehicles as part of deputy Prime Minister L K Advani’s security exercise at Link Road No 1.
They waved hands to stop a Maruti Gypsy. Incidentally, Maroo was going in his Scorpio just ahead of the Gypsy. The senior IAS officer’s driver thought the policemen are waving to stop his vehicle.
He stopped. Maroo came out of the Scorpio and started scolding the policemen. The poor cops tried hard to convince the angry Sahab that they had waved to stop the Gypsy and not Scorpio. But Maroo would have none of their explanation. The IAS officer had a tiff with police officer earlier too.
Contributed by Rakesh Dixit, Ashutosh Shukla, Anil Dubey