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Row on ?vanishing act? of Vijayvargiya pic

HE MAY be enjoying a return to prominence in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan regime but PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya continues to remain an ?unperson? for IMC minions.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 15:32 IST

HE MAY be enjoying a return to prominence in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan regime but PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya continues to remain an “unperson” for IMC minions.

So much so that Nagrik, the Corporation’s in-house journal, airbrushed Vijayvargiya out of a photo of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Indore visit published in its January 2006 issue.

The Orwellian manoeuvre, apparently aimed at garnering brownie points with Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, however, backfired when the omission was noticed by Vijayvargiya camp followers.

Mayor-in-Council member Anil Bindal wrote a strongly worded letter of protest to Dr Sharma seeking an explanation for the minister’s mysterious disappearance from the photo.

Bindal claimed that while in the original, the PWD minister could be clearly seen standing between the PM and the mayor, the minister’s face had practically vanished when the photo appeared on the IMC journal’s inside cover.

With the issue threatening to blow up into a major controversy the Mayor has directed IMC Secretary JC Galar to summon the original photograph to determine whether the minister’s visage was deliberately erased or if the fuzzy picture was the result of an out-of focus snapshot, as is being claimed by Nagrik Editor Kamlesh Parey.

“I can only comment after I have seen the original photograph,” said Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma when queried about the matter. She, however, made it clear that matters pertaining to the journal’s content were independently handled by Parey. “We only come to know about what has been published in Nagrik after it has come off the presses,” she pointed out.

The IMC bears the printing and publishing costs of Nagrik which is compiled, proofed and edited by a two-member team headed by Parey. The Corporation pays Rs 20,000 to the Editor, a part timer, who also woks at a City diagnostic centre.

Admn praised and pilloried from entering Dhar district was also uncalled-for, he said.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee minority cell vice-president Akhtar Baig has commended the State Government, police and Dhar district administration for maintaining communal harmony at Bhojshala. He has asked government to felicitate police constables and officials who sustained injuries while trying to prevent unrest at the 11th century monument.

“The fact that puja and namaaz were held at Bhojshala is exemplary and is a slap in face of those who had planned to create tension on February 3,” Baig said in a statement issued here today.

Lauding Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and minister in-charge Dhar district Kailash Vijayvargiya, he appealed to Muslim religious leaders and intellectuals to solve communal disputes across the country on lines of Bhojshala and thus avoid confrontation.

Making a similar appeal to Hindu religious leaders, he has asked them to look for solutions through amicable means.

First Published: Feb 06, 2006 15:32 IST