Power Bites

Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Oh, For investment!

It is his fourth trip abroad since taking over as Uttar Pradesh chief minister in March 2012. But Akhilesh Yadav’s latest jaunt is said to be just a fun trip to Canada and Brazil. In undertaking it, he seems to have earned the displeasure of his father and the disapproval of the masses. There is no official word on his itinerary either. There are rumours that he was in Brazil to watch the FIFA World Cup and, in Canada, will be the guest of a Canadian mp of Indian origin. The joke doing the rounds is that since the CM can’t be a part of the meeting of the leaders of the BRICS nations, he would desperately seek investment for Uttar Pradesh from the two countries.

Mollifying Yeddy 

The unexpected electoral gains that have accrued to former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa have created problems for the state unit of the BJP. Having not got a ministerial berth at the Centre, efforts are on to find a suitable alternative to mollify Yeddyurappa. The state unit wants him to be accommodated at the party headquarters as national vice-president so that his presence in the state does not disturb the status quo.

Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Shahi Deal 

It is doubtful whether the CBI and other agencies probing the cases against newly-anointed BJP president Amit Shah will be able to proceed very far. The buzz is that all the cases against Shah will be clubbed together and eventually dumped so that he has a smooth run as the party chief. Given the political flavour of the day, Shah will most likely get a convenient reprieve. If that happens, it will not be the first time when political big shots have got away without much trouble.

CCTV to the rescue 

Six weeks ago, a nurse filed an FIR alleging molestation by the J&K Director of Health Services, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, and three of his district officers. It became a huge media story in the wake of the resignation of the state health minister Shabir Khan, following allegations that he had molested a female doctor in his cabin. Now, the police say the nurse has failed to provide corroborative proof and has thus brought a civil servant to disrepute. The CCTV footage, police said, belied her claims.

Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Karuna’s woes

DMK supremo M Karunanidhi was not bothered when Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa started Amma canteens. He asked his partymen to boycott them. Then she launched Amma salt and water, which became big hits. But dmk cadres were asked to boycott them. Now she launches Amma pharmacies. Will that be a bitter pill for Karunanidhi to swallow?


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