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Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Acche Din become inclusive!

The first whiff of electoral setbacks has turned the ‘Acche din’ promise upside down. In the wake of the bypoll results, the joke in Lucknow is that the BJP has proved that it wants the promise to be “inclusive” in character, and hence has obliged the Samajwadi Party by giving it an opportunity to regain lost political space. It is being said that the saffron brigade has taken ‘sabka saath, sabka vikaas’ too literally for its own good!


Reversing minority blues 

The BJP, which has always complained of minority appeasement, has won the sole Assembly seat in West Bengal using just that strategy. Samik Bhattacharya, general secretary for the saffron party’s West Bengal unit, managed to squeeze through the bypolls for the South Basirhat constituency. Trinamool candidate and former Indian football team captain Dipendu Biswas was unable to replicate his soccer success and missed netting the ball by a mere 1,500 votes. Surprising because, the BJP led by 30,000 votes against the Trinamool in this segment of the larger Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency during the General Election. Word is that Bhattacharya used religious polarisation to garner votes.


Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Intriguing Bonhomie

Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan, otherwise seen as a seasoned and respected man in the Cabinet, was apparently subjected to some scolding in the PMO recently, not for one but two reasons. First, he apparently had the ‘audacity’ to pick his own Officer on Special Duty (OSD), and then, he has not held a single press conference during his 100-odd days’ tenure, which has not gone down well with media-savvy Narendra Modi!


Masterstroke 

Keen on shoring up its revenue base and not happy with the popular discontent brewing in the state, the Arunachal Pradesh government has hit upon a bright idea: it wants to now export its popular Kiwi wine as also find a larger national market for it so that its already steady clientele zooms. Through the move, the state government also wants to humour the Modi government at the Centre by its improved economic clout and thus help its longevity.


Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh
Illustration: Mayanglambam Dinesh

Partial consolation

The Rajnath Singh camp in Uttar Pradesh is claiming success for having avoided getting associated with ‘love jihad’ in the nick of time. The home minister publicly feigned ignorance about the controversial issue, which is said to have been a major cause behind the bjp’s electoral reverses in UP. Incidentally, those disappointed by Amit Shah’s ticket distribution included Rajnath’s son Pankaj Singh. All eyes are now trained on Maharashtra and Haryana.

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