AICC GENERAL secretary Digvijay Singh’s lawyer had recently gone to Income Tax office in Bhopal to settle some tax dues of his client. After the case was settled, a senior Income Tax officer jokingly wondered in front of the lawyer how much asset the former CM has amassed. “It must be in the range of Rs 800-1000 crore”, the officer surmised. The lawyer’s quick repartee rendered the officer speechless. “You are underestimating my client,” he remarked.
Incidentally, Digvijay Singh’s defamation case against Uma Bharti over her allegation that the former Congress chief minister amassed Rs 15,000 crore in ten years is still pending in a Bhopal court.
New Zealand has numerous sites and things to marvel at. What baffled an MLA from Madhya Pradesh was a revolving restaurant. The MLA was part of the delegation, which recently visited many countries including New Zealand. Members of the delegation were enjoying meal in the revolving restaurant. Suddenly, the MLA felt the need to go to toilet.
The honourable member had marked the place from distance but by the time she moved closer, it was not at the identified spot. It dawned on her later that everything in the restaurant was revolving.
Speculations are rife whether Subhash Yadav will continue as MPCC president after the party’s Pandhana debacle. Yadav’s supporters say there is no reason to blame him for the defeat. They point out that Yadav stayed put in the constituency while other Congress leaders indulged in open show of factionalism. Odds were heavily staked against Congress. Yadav, they say, was fighting a lone battle against full might of the ruling party. It remains to be seen whether the Congress high command buys this argument.
The long heat spell well into second week of December did not escape the Governor’s notice. The occasion was appropriate to express concern over unusual weather condition.
During the inauguration of the MP Science Congress on ‘Planet Earth’ on the warm Saturday morning, Dr Jakhar in three-piece suit did feel the heat. Mentioning the warm weather, he said vagaries of nature are direct result of indiscriminate exploitation of resources.
Regional Meteorological Centre director, who was one of the participants at the Congress, was also sweating in his suit.
Silence on gun salute
The controversial gun salute in his hometown was still echoing in his mind as State BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar visited State party office to celebrate Pandhana victory the other day. He refused to answer queries on the shots fired in the air for his welcome in Gwalior. When journalists persisted, PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya came to the colleague’s rescue. “Please ask about Pandhana today.” Journalists looked around for guns and gunmen. But there were none.
Sigh of relief
Many top bureaucrats have heaved a sign of relief that Cabinet reshuffle is almost deferred till January. A major bureaucratic surgery is to follow the Cabinet reshuffle.
Talking advantage of the delay, some officers have already started lobbying with right connections to either get good posting or thwart transfer, depending upon how good or bad they consider the presenting posting.
A Union Minister from Madhya Pradesh is reported to have asked his aides to bail out the beleaguered IPS officer who recently hit the headline for a mysterious murder. IPS officers are still surmising genesis of the connection between the politician and the officer.
Lament over ‘injustice’
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan recently visited a senior IPS officer’s house to offer condolence over his father’s demise. The CM’s noble gesture, however, did not deter the officer’s wife and son to lament ‘injustice’ of the government. They complained that the government unjustly removed the officer from the prime post.
If scribbling God’s name on paper is all about public relations then the PR cell at the Police Control Room is doing a great job. But invocation of god by the PRO hardly serves the journalists’ purpose. Even the SP himself came to realise this the other day.
He expressed displeasure over non-functioning of the PR cell. On several occasions, even in the presence of SP, ASP and other senior officials, the PRO was found missing and press releases lying inside his room.
Contributed by Manish Dixit, Sravani Sarkar, Ranjan, Ashutosh Shukla and Debobrat Ghose