ANDHRA PRADESH

Eager to take the plunge

Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP V. Hanumantha Rao had his long-cherished dream fulfilled when he laid the foundation stone for a modern swimming pool inside Police Lines at Amberpet recently.

He had donated Rs. 30 lakhs long time ago from his MP fund and had been waiting for more funds and also the requisite permissions. With the MCH coming forward to complete the project, his project is likely to see the light of the day.

Having seen it all, Mr. Rao was not smug and did some plain speaking. "Keep an eye on the contractor and see that he does a thorough job. There are so many other projects coming up where he can think of getting a cut," he told the Standing Committee Chairman, D. Mohan.

He wanted Minister for Municipal Administration K. Ranga Rao to inaugurate the pool next year. "Don't worry, there is no threat to your cabinet berth. You will be around," he sought to assure him. The MP also offered to take up the pool construction issue with the Chief Minister, if need be.

Since her arrival at the Hyderabad airport, Monica Bedi, companion of Abu Salem, prime accused in the 1993 Bombay serial blasts, literally kept reporters and photographers on their toes and that too for hours together.

The day she was to be produced before the Magistrate, scribes had a tough time waiting for her outside the Magistrate's residence at Secunderabad. "What time is she being brought here, any news on that?" was the only question the mediamen asked their counterparts frequently.

Batteries of the mobile phones went low as the newsmen went on contacting their sources in the Police Department inquiring about the expected time. With absolutely no information, the reporters parked themselves in front of Magistrate's house right from morning.

By afternoon, some of them gave up, but just for a while. "I will have lunch and come back. In case they arrive, just give a ring," was what each one told the other. It was 3 p.m. when the former Bollywood actress finally arrived. The long wait, however, was not worth it, as Monica Bedi did not even show her face to the media!

It's a case of doctor treat thyself. Not a day passes when one sees cops going all out to catch traffic offenders on roads. A rider without helmet or one jumping the red signal will soon have the cop breathing down his neck. That's for the lesser mortals. What about the cops themselves? Of course the law keepers can break the law with impunity.

On Monday morning when the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajsekhar Reddy, flagged off a students rally on the NTR Marg, this traffic cop was seen happily driving his Pulsar (AP09 AS 2840) in the wrong direction. What's more, he was riding without a helmet. Who should bell the cat?

V.Geetanath, Vikram Sharma and J.S. Ifthekhar

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