Power Bites

Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Stubborn tenants 

Only six of 43 former ministers in the UPA are yet to vacate their official bungalows in the national capital. The former ministers had been issued eviction notices within a month of the swearing-in of Narendra Modi as the prime minister on 26 May. The other day, the Delhi Police faced stiff resistance from the supporters of the Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Ajit Singh when they had gone to get the bungalow occupied by the former aviation minister vacated. Some 500 sugarcane farmers from western UP provided an unassailable human shield to prevent the cops from carrying out their job.

Holy Mess

While different wings of the Sangh Parivar are enjoying the fruits of governance in myriad ways, confusion persists at the top about what to do about genetically modified crops, on the one hand, and the demand for ending cow slaughter, on the other. The Modi etablishment has not quite made up its mind, while the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, a Sangh Parivar outfit, has tacitly okayed the genetically modified crops regime. So what happens to the emotive demand for a ban on cow slaughter?

Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Intriguing Bonhomie

In spite of their well-known differences, Narendra Modi and Akhilesh Yadav have struck a working equation on the pm’s pet project of turning Varanasi into a smart city like Kyoto. Modi has kept Akhilesh in the loop regarding all his plans to clean the Ganga and modernise the ancient city. But for reasons strictly political, Akhilesh is not going slow on any of the serious charges against bjp president Amit Shah, who has been accused of fomenting communal trouble. Here is a classic case of horses for courses in political terms.

‘Janbaaz’ Cop  

A three-minute video clip extolling Surat Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana is doing the rounds on social networking sites. Asthana, who has been empanelled for central deputation and is tipped to become additional director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, is projecting a daredevil janbaaz image. The ambitious cop had earlier been involved in the probe into the Godhra carnage.

Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Desperate Gambit  

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is at it again. Desperate to retain his hold in the forthcoming bypolls in the state, he is once again wooing the Adivasi vote even when he knows that in the General Election, the bjp managed to get two Adivasis elected on its ticket. Gogoi is now telling voters that the saffron party does not deserve Adivasi generosity since neither of the MPs got a ministerial berth.


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