This is the latest dilemma to plague Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.
It’s been a month since SS Virk retired as Director General of Police (DGP) but Chavan has yet to decide his successor. He was keen on Hasan Gafoor as DGP, but the latter may face disciplinary action following his controversial interview to a magazine over the 26/11 goof-up.
AN Roy is Home Minister RR Patil’s favourite for the post but his appointment seems difficult following the apex court’s directive to file a first information report against him in a case.
To make matters worse, the government may choose to wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict on a petition filed by Virk that seeks a fixed tenure as police chief for two years, as suggested by the Centre.
With mayoral elections scheduled for December 1, the Mumbai Congress is divided on whether the party should snatch the civic body from the saffron combine or let it rule till the elections.
The Sena-BJP has a wafer thin majority and a section of Mumbai Congress leaders have begun plotting on how to gain power in the BMC.
The other section of the party has opposed this sort of horse-trading, and prefers to wait till the civic elections in 2012, when poor municipal governance and the MNS factor would help the party win. Still, the majority is keen on winning the elections by hook or by crook. The saffron combine too is geared up to retain power by luring small parties.
Naturally, our political parties find a civic body, with an annual budget of Rs 19,000 crore, much too tempting.
Neta vs abhineta
Ever so often, the abhinetas (actors) beat the netas (leaders) in politics.
But there seems to be an exception. Sena bigwig, Ramdas Kadam has bagged the party’s nomination for the Legislative Council election by piping Marathi actor Aadesh Bandekar. Both lost the assembly elections: Kadam from Chiplun in Konkan and Bandekar from Dadar. Both were keen for a vacant berth in the upper house of the legislature. The Sena leadership favoured Bandekar — a popular TV host. However, Kadam’s threat of defecting to the NCP has worked. He is now the Sena’s preferred candidate.
What a ‘Setting’!
An opposition leader had publicly demanded a probe into the role played by a Mumbai-based politician in a recent scam involving a northern state’s former chief minister. Many in the political circles expected fireworks between the two.
Suddenly, the leader from the opposition discontinued his campaign. Buzz is that this leader had a ‘fruitful’ meeting with the politician’s son following which he was convinced that the ruling party’s politician was innocent.
Is this what they call ‘setting’ in Mumbaiyya lingo?