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Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Unintended Largesse 

The proposed live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message across all schools on Teachers’ Day has caught many state governments and parties on the wrong foot. But as far as the Samajwadi Party is concerned, it is worried that the laptops which Akhilesh Yadav had gifted to many school kids will come in handy to watch the telecast live. The Samajwadi Party had never imagined a scenario where their good work will end up helping promote a BJP prime minister! Ironically, murmurs of protest have also been heard from the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh as well.


Under a Cloud 

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy may have successfully pigeonholed his political rivals, but the judiciary, right from the vigilance courts to the Supreme Court, is targeting him. Recently, the apex court indicted him in the Palmolein case on a petition filed by Opposition leader VS Achuthanandan demanding a CBI probe. Rumour has it that Chandy is waiting for the newly appointed governor Justice (retd) P Sathasivam to bail him out.


 

Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Hard to Please! 

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar perhaps wants be known as a writer also. But he wants to be discreet about it. The manner in which he suspended a senior officer and cautioned another for issuing an order to purchase books written by him showed Sarkar’s intentions. He does not want to have a personality cult at the taxpayer’s expense. Not only his memoirs but also a book extolling his achievements as CM have been stopped from being procured by a government department.


Costly Vigilantism 

Apparently taking a cue from their political masters, bureaucrats in Uttar Pradesh have started indulging in vigilantism. A senior ias officer recently barged into a temple in Lucknow with his supporters, who started demolishing the wall around it. A portion of the temple was also damaged. This infuriated the locals and several thousand of them soon gathered there, forcing the bureaucrat to beat a hasty retreat. The officer now has to await the fate of the fir lodged against him for rioting.


Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Patriarch’s Family Woes 

A fallout with his son, former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, has touched a raw chord in HD Deve Gowda, who has now decided to move out of Bengaluru and focus on home turf Hassan. Possibly, the patriarch is fed up with having to deal with the competing political aspirations of his family members.

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