ANDHRA PRADESH

TDP `poster boy'!

CHANGING COLOURS. Does the usage remind you of a chameleon? But then, doesn't it also remind you of Danam Nagender, the Congress candidate for Asifnagar Assembly constituency?

The Telugu Desam Party is leaving no stone unturned to ridicule Nagender for shifting loyalties. First, he joins TDP overnight and then when the Congress won the elections, he left TDP for his `first love'.

To put forth their message, the TDP hit a `novel' idea. They pasted posters through out the constituency depicting how a chameleon changes its colours. The posters read: Voters! wait, think over it. Will you vote for a chameleon? Had the TDP been in power, would Nagender resign? Who will bear this burden of by-election?

The Asifnagar Assembly constituency is flooded with such posters, which appear to have caught the attention of the voters.

NOT ALL politicians and film stars become chief guests and guests of honour for an event just because of their `star status.'

A lot of thought has apparently gone into inviting the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, and the mega star, Chiranjeevi, for launching the GIFT Health Foundation and One Free Surgery a Day programme respectively by the Global Hospitals last week.

The Global Hospitals Managing Director, K. Ravindranath, revealed that Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy deserved to be the chief guest because he was not only a medical doctor but had also taken the initiative for treatment of poor children with heart ailments.

Mr. Chiranjeevi had his credentials proved by setting up a blood bank and through his campaign for eye donations. His role of a "medical student" in the forthcoming "Shankardada M.B.B.S." apparently provided another incentive.

NINETY PER CENT of the police officers in the country may have to go without their jobs if aptitude tests in policing are made the criteria for their selection. The words of wisdom came from the Nagaland Governor, Shyamal Datta, a former IPS officer himself, at the Sardar Vallabhbhai National Police Academy recently.

Answering a query from an IPS probationer, Mr. Datta, who also heads the Intelligence Bureau, said today's police officers thrived on sheer materialistic aspirations. "They perceive happiness as an object that has to be acquired, come what may. You cannot demand legitimacy. You get it only when you serve people, not boss over them," he observed.

M.L. Melly Maitreyi, K.V.S. Madhav

By V.S.M. Sharma, M.L. Melly Maitreyi, K.V.S. Madhav

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