Glasshouse of the week

first_imgOne man two postsThe BJP seems to have quietly buried its ‘one man one post’ policy meant to separate party and government. The RSS famously invoked it in 2005 to oust Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani as BJP president. On April 8, BJP president Amit Shah appointed minister of,One man two postsThe BJP seems to have quietly buried its ‘one man one post’ policy meant to separate party and government. The RSS famously invoked it in 2005 to oust Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani as BJP president. On April 8, BJP president Amit Shah appointed minister of state Vijay Sampla as president of Punjab BJP, which dual role he will play at least till the assembly elections. Assam BJP chief Sarbanand Sonowal, meanwhile, has continued as Union minister of state for sports and youth affairs since November 2015. Union Health minister J.P. Nadda is also member secretary of the party’s central parliamentary board while Union Minister Piyush Goyal is also party treasurer.Cup of sorrowsSo far, Bihar tipplers took comfort in the fact that they could swing by neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand to beat the prohibition blues in their own state. They clearly underestimated chief minister Nitish Kumar. Now that he has become JD(U) national president and is being projected as a pan-India, anti-BJP leader, Nitish has said he will campaign for prohibition in UP and Jharkhand too. He might well win over the women, but the tipplers might decide to vote with their feet.Red carpetOn his visit to China last week, defence minister Manohar Parrikar became one of the first foreign officials to be given a tour of the expansive new headquarters of the newly formed Western Theatre Command, PLA’s biggest military region. Parrikar’s predecessor A.K. Antony had also hoped to visit the strategically important western region, but had to settle for a visit to a facility near Beijing in 2013, when ties were strained, shortly after a three-week-long stand-off along the LAC.advertisementFirst as tragedy, then as farce…Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy now has to play mediator between warring IAS and IPS officers after the Puttingal temple tragedy. Home secretary Nalini Netto blamed the police and recommended action against three key officials in Kollam. A selective briefing ensured her report to the government was leaked to the media. DGP T.P. Senkumar blamed the district administration for not being involved in rescue and relief.Quick thinkerChief ministership has taught Devendra Fadnavis to think on his feet. Chief guest at a function to commemorate B.R. Ambedkar birth anniversary, he presented several awards on behalf of a TV channel but forgot to bow before a photo of Ambedkar. He had left the dais when someone pointed out the gaffe. Asking the organisers to quickly arrange two more awards, he returned, as though after a short break.Cruiser controlFormer chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s return to Karnataka as the head of BJP’s state unit has reunited him with his erstwhile coterie. Sugar baron and former industries minister Murugesh Nirani, industrialist-turned-politician Katta Subrahmanya Naidu and real estate baron and former minister S.N. Krishnaiah Shetty were among the first to reach his residence when he landed in Bengaluru on April 17. Nirani even gifted BSY a Rs 1 crore Land Cruiser which ‘gift’ he has had to return after the considerable furore it created.Strength in numbersParliamentary affairs minister M. Venkaiah Naidu is pushing for priority legislation to increase the number of seats in the Telangana legislative assembly from 119 to 153 and the Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly from 175 to 225. This is in keeping with the AP Reorganisation Act. A bill to the effect is to be tabled in Parliament soon. The BJP hopes to emerge as a major political power in one or both states in time for the 2019 assembly polls.Alms and a legChief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s government is spending Rs 1,855 per person a day in ferrying Punjabis of all denominations to pilgrimages under the Mukhya Mantri Tirath Yatra Scheme. The cash-strapped state allocated Rs 46.5 crore and followed it with another Rs 140 crore in the current budget for the effort. But given how well people have taken to the freebie, officials say the money is likely to run out soon.Captain AmericaIn a move aimed at countering the Aam Aadmi Party’s influence on the Punjabi diaspora, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh will embark on an 18-day tour to Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver, starting April 19. It may not all be smooth sailing for the captain, though. NRI Punjabis are likely to raise some uncomfortable questions, particularly his clean chit to Jagdish Tytler, who was allegedly involved in the 1984anti-Sikh riots in Delhi.Delayed aidAndhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu is peeved over delays in central assistance to his state. The BJP central leadership has commissioned reports to assess the Naidu ministry’s performance and whether funds released to the state under the AP Reorganisation Act are being diverted elsewhere. AP’s public debt already accounts for 27.88 per cent of the GSDP, over the 25 per cent danger mark.advertisementBill postersSome messages that didn’t go down well in north IndiaDehradun: Anonymous posters showing BJP president Amit Shah buying rebel Congress MLAs shown as goatsVaranasi: Poster depicting Uttar Pradesh as ‘Draupadi’ being disrobed by the Kauravas-the BSP, Congress, SP and AIMIM leaders. Keshav Maurya is Lord Krishna.Kanpur: Posters put up by the BJP party unit show PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, while declaring that “to live in India, you have to say Bharat Mata ki Jai”last_img

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