ANDHRA PRADESH

Surgical strikes and headless chickens

By demonetising the Rs.1000 and Rs.500 notes, the BJP-led NDA Government has spiced up what otherwise looked like a drab finish to 2016. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move was quickly described by his party’s Andhra Pradesh affairs in-charge Sidharth Nath Singh at a press conference as yet another surgical strike aimed at the corrupt. “The Opposition parties accused Mr. Modi of being a ‘headless chicken’ and made a mockery of his ‘56-inches chest’ comment. It was during electioneering in Uttar Pradesh that Mr. Modi had said a 56-inch chest was needed to solve the problems faced by the country. Those who are criticising him will realise the ‘positive impact’ of his decision sooner than later,” said Mr. Singh, even as the monetary system plunged into chaos due to some gaping holes in the ‘surgical strike’.

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‘Zombies for change’

It’s midnight and many ATMs in city were glowing bright while some remained shut on Saturday night. As the city was in deep slumber, some youth operated the ATM machines expecting to have some ‘change’. In the aftermath of the ban on old high denomination notes, ‘change’ became scarce and the only source of Rs.100 rupee notes are ATMs or banks. While the larger population have been flocking ATMs and banks in the day, the youth are trying their luck in the nights when the rush is less. Some are even stepping out past 2 a.m. The entire scenario of youth moving from ATM to ATM in different areas at the odd hours was somewhat similar to zombies scouting for their ‘prey” in the horror movies.

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Students should not become scapegoats

In what was essentially a gentle rebuke for the educational institutions. Director General of Police (DGP) N. Sambasiva Rao cautioned them against hosting student congregations addressed by politicians. “It is to ensure that the students do not get influenced by the political rhetoric, which is more often than not inflammatory and leads to violence. It is not good for the institutions, more so for the students.

They should know that cases registered by the police will not go away just like that. We will take them to their logical conclusion,” the DGP said, sounding very clear that the police would sternly deal with wanton disregard of the law. “Let our critics think that we act at the behest of the government but we are here to maintain law and order. After a hard day of good work, it is we who end up taking the blame if something goes wrong,” he observed.

V. Raghavendra, Tharun Boda

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