Monday, January 21, 2019

Posted at: Apr 16, 2018, 1:09 AM; last updated: Apr 16, 2018, 1:09 AM (IST)HIMACHAL DIARY

Ministers novice, seek guidance

The BJP is banking on several new faces as ministers in the current government. The idea of the party was to create a leadership that can last for  10 to 15 years. However, new and first-time ministers are finding it hard to come to terms with their departments. Many of them are seen enquiring from low-rung officials and the people in business to guide them regarding their departments. Many are even afraid of giving directions to senior bureaucrats and are generally seen seeking their advice over various issues or even making announcements. Senior BJP leaders, who have lost elections, are peeved at the way the government is functioning. It has turned a government of bureaucrats rather than elected representatives. The same bureaucrats, who used to follow any diktat during the Virbhadra Singh regime, are now adding spoke to every work, lamented a senior BJP leader.

CM out to prove his critics wrong

Chief Minister Jai Ram Jai Ram Thakur came “blessed and purified” from the famous shrine of Tirupati in the South. He has completed 100 days in the office and his critics are not impressed and averse to giving him any credit. To bridge the gap, Thakur has set his sight on the next six months to list achievements.  After he became state’s 14th Chief Minister, Thakur’s visit to Karnataka was overdue: he is Karnataka’s son-in-law. His better half, Dr Sadhana Thakur, hailed originally from Shivamogga in Karnataka before her parents moved to Rajasthan, say insiders. Like Thakur, Dr Sadhana was also active in the ABVP and both met during their days of activism and got married. Rest is history. Grapevine has it that Thakurs had a “long proper purification ritual” before he made his way to the Lord and paid obeisance. He also sought Lord’s blessing for achieving more milestones to prove his critics wrong, say his well-wishers.

Paying back in the same coin

The Kotkhai gangrape and murder case in July last had come in handy to the BJP in the run-up to the Assembly elections and the party exploited it to the hilt. Not only the Kotkhai, Shimla and the adjoining areas were rocked by the protests. The echoes were heard throughout the state and the BJP and some other organisations took out candle light march as well.

The Congress has now paid back in the same coin and raked up the recent Unnao and Kathua rape cases. Party activists also organised a candle light march provoking the BJP. In a war triggered on the social media, both BJP and Congress supporters are accusing each other of exploiting the sensitive issue such as rape!


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