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Minority Congress workers have a field day at Haj House. Many of them hang around here and are seen lobbying at the various government offices situated in the Haj House. It was no different on Monday when a function was organised to draw lots for Haj 2010. Soon after the function, many Congress workers trooped into the chambers of Haj Committee Chairman where Minority Welfare Minister Mohd. Ahmedullah, held a press conference. Not only did they occupy the chairs meant for presspersons, they also kept answering questions put to the Minister. A scribe lost his cool and said it was not Gandhi Bhavan. Upon this a Congress worker shot back yes it is and insisted on clarifying the point on behalf of the Minister. An exasperated Minister asked the party worker to keep quiet and pacified the media as well.

Scribes getting hyper has become the norm just like girls outscoring boys has become the norm during release of any results in recent years especially after the TV channels boom. No sooner did the Minister release the 10 {+t} {+h} class results, scribes from electronic media, in all enthusiasm to be ‘first', scrambled to lay their hands on the sealed covers containing the results.

For a few minutes it was a free for all as they pushed, pulled and even fought over the brown envelopes. Repeated assurances by an official that there were enough copies for everyone did little to soften the bedlam. Sure not just students, even journos have it in them to be a rumbustious bunch. Why should students have all the fun!

The cyclone warning issued by the Met Department was enough to set off alarm bells ringing at municipal offices. While they were chalking plans on tackling flooding and gearing up for the situation, residents in the Cantonment suddenly seemed to have realised they have been left out. One such group held a protest at Secunderabad Cantonment Board demanding the officials concerned to find a solution for the drains which overflow during monsoon. Even as a heated conversation was on with the SCB CEO, a person suddenly threw up his arms shouting: “Laila is coming, Laila is coming,” leaving everyone in the room baffled. Now that ‘Laila' is gone away it seems like everything is back to normal, even in the way our municipal offices are working!

It is a well-known fact that politicians have mastered the art of keeping people in dark. There are, nevertheless, occasions when they are beaten on the home turf. Recently, it was TDP legislator Prakash Goud's turn to be kept in dark, literally. This MLA from Rajendranagar was made to experience how dark it felt beneath a blindfold, by magician Akash, son of Jadugar Anand before the latter's motorcycle ride blindfolded.

For weeks municipal officials kept corporators and their respective political parties on the tenterhooks about the formation of ward committees where prominent members of the civil society are to be drafted in.

Last week's fiasco of a meeting where none of the ruling party combine – Congress & Majlis -- members came to the GHMC special meeting indicated that they could not get the numbers right despite given enough time! That officials and even the Mayor knew which way the wind was blowing became clear when the gigantic tent erected to host the customary lunch to the members was missing in the morning! Amidst all this, presspersons ‘glassed' in their enclosure could not hear a thing when the Opposition TDP was making their protest when the Mayor took her seat for a few minutes only to announce the postponement.

J.S.IFTHEKHAR, YOGENDRA KALAVALAPALLI, ABHIJIT DEV KUMAR, SWATHI.V

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