Bad time for ‘Rajas’

Anything for luck

Back in 2009, BJP leaders thought that a chilbil (jungle cork) tree on the campus of the party headquarters was bringing bad luck. The tree was cut down, but the party won only 10 Lok Sabha seats. Next, some Vastu expert suggested that the position of the main entrance gate was inauspicious. The gate was locked up and a side gate was opened. In the 2012 Assembly elections, the party's tally came down to 47, and the main gate was then reopened. Recently, the word spread that certain flowering plants on the campus were unlucky. So, new saplings of marigold and rose have been planted. Saplings of safed madar (crown flower) — which is supposed to ward off evil and bring good luck — have been planted on both sides of the two entrances. A small temple is also being set up. Will this bring good luck in 2014?

'Powerless' to protest

When Khadi and Gramodyog Minister Raja Ram Pandey made unwarranted remarks about Sultanpur District Magistrate K Dhanalaxmi and her predecessor Kamini Ratan Chauhan at a public function — he spoke of their beauty, height and shape — it naturally sparked a controversy. Opposition parties and even a Samajwadi Party MLA demanded that the minister should be sacked, but the IAS Association kept mum. Inquiries revealed that at the AGM held last month, it was decided to constitute a five-member committee for dealing with problems, grievances and issues pertaining to the members, particularly those posted in districts, but it has not yet been formed.

mission shifted

IAS officer Sanjay Prasad is on an eight-day tour of Brazil to study the model of leather cluster development there. The government had sent him in his capacity as Secretary of Infrastructure and Industrial Development Department. Now, when Prasad is still in Brazil, the government has transferred him and sent him to Faizabad as Divisional Commissioner. How will it benefit the government?

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