Halt for the mighty
Cosmetic changes are slowly creeping into Lutyens’ Delhi. Traffic lights on Janpath close to the residence of the Congress president — or the former ‘hand behind the government’ — have been thoughtfully removed, but two new signals have been installed hardly 2 km north of Madam’s house — right outside the national headquarters of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Ashoka Road. As motorists wonder about the reason for traffic lights on a street that otherwise makes do with traffic ‘rotaries’, authorities say that footfall has increased and it is more costeffective to have a signal instead of police personnel. Or are the traffic lights a signal to halt before the mighty Amit Shah?
For the world, it may be Oommen Chandy who is the Kerala chief minister, but many are wondering whether state Congress chief VM Sudheeran has usurped the real decision-making authority. The reference now is to the decision to roll back a tax on water, which comes in the wake of the move to gradually do away with bars in God’s own country.
Vows and Woes
A failed first marriage apart, Kerala film star-turnedpolitician Ganesh Kumar is once gain facing trouble on the marital front. Portrayed as having an illicit affair, the actor is clueless. His second wife has complained to cm Oommen Chandy and threatened to divorce him. There was also a buzz about him and the solar scam accused Saritha Nair. Ganesh has, however, cried foul and blamed the astrologer who brokered his second marriage. Incidentally, his irate second wife is also blaming the astrologer for the unseemly mess!
Swamy VS Czarina
The purported translation of a Tamil proverb has landed Subramanian Swamy in a defamation case. In a tweet, he referred to flowers for asses and incense for monkeys: “Jail for Jayalalitha. Her to govern is like giving a garland of flowers to a monkey or asking a donkey to appreciate Kalpura incense aroma.” The Tamil Nadu cm’s disproportionate assets case may be decided very soon. But, the comment, probably in anticipation of a conviction, was not wellreceived by Amma. She responded with two more defamation cases against the veteran right-wing politician.
Lonely at the Top
Omar Abdullah cuts a lonely figure these days. The deluge that sank Srinagar has also swept him away from the political scene. The local newspapers are carrying opinion pieces on him with headlines like ‘In the Name of God, Go’.