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The ?V? combination

india Updated: Oct 01, 2006 17:03 IST

VOTE, VIDISHA, Varun and Vajpayee. Will it convert into victory? This ‘V’ combination hasn’t amused Shivraj Singh Chouhan though. Varun’s meeting with Vajpayee soon after announcement of voting date for Vidisha must have jolted the CM. Now he is seeking to pull strings in New Delhi to scuttle Varun’s candidature.

BJP sources said the ‘leak’ about a senior party leader’s report that Sadhna Singh, Rampal and Laxmikant Sharma are the only three prospective candidates for Vidisha was part of this game. Shivraj’s consternation is understandable. Entry of youthful Varun could mean permanent loss of the Vidisha seat from where he was elected five times. CM’s post is not permanent, after all.

Who will join RSS road show?
THE COMING annual Path Sanchalan of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) on Dussehra will be interesting to watch. It will be the first time when government employees will be free to take part in the RSS ceremonious road show. 

What adds interest to the show is the Congress warning that it will identify the employees who will take part in RSS activities and punish them when the party will return to power. Will the warning deter the diehard RSS cadres in the government?

What will please the RSS most on the coming Dussehra? A wag has conjured up this scenario: Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni on one side and DGP AR Pawar from the other side leading the Path Sanchalan.

Sigh of relief
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY in the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission Swarnmala Rawla must have heaved a sigh of relief over the order of her departure to the Centre on deputation. If she had stayed a little longer in the commission, her tussle with the chairman and the members might have taken an ugly turn. As she was on a month’s medical leave, the members thought the Principal Secretary might be shamming.

They had almost made up their mind to get a medical board constituted to examine the ailing IAS officer. The bone of contention between the Principal Secretary and the chairman was entertainment allowance.

Jhalani’s dilemma
THE 1987 batch IAS officer, Manoj Jhalani, is in a dilemma as to whether curse or thank his stars. The Government has made him member-secretary in the State Panning Board where he is supposed to confront heads of departments over their performance, or the lack of it. Most of the departmental principal secretaries are senior to him by many years. Jhalani, therefore, cannot be expected to grill them in case of underperformance during review meetings.    

In the past, additional chief secretary rank officers have been board’s member-secretary in addition to holding the charge of Planning, Economics and Statistics department.

Namedropping didn’t work
WHO IS afraid of a DGP who retired long ago? SP Anant Kumar is certainly not. And he showed it to Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Manish Singh.

On some issue SP and BMC Commissioner had a dispute recently. Manish Singh subtly mentioned name of his father-in-law AN Singh, who retired around five years ago. The idea must have been to impress the SP. But the tactic didn’t work. The SP made it clear that he would not be browbeaten by such namedropping.     

Contributed by Rakesh Dixit,  Manish Dixit, Anil Dubey