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BJP chief parliamentary secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu is leaving nothing to chance while staging protests. On Friday, she chose to protest against the alleged deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab outside the venue of the All India Conference of Commissioners of Police. Though organised by the SAD-BJP combine, Sidhu decided to go ahead with her protest but not before flip-flops by her media managers. First, media were sounded an alert by a manager to reach the venue of the protest. Sometime later, the manager called up saying the protest had been called off. Moments later, another media manager called up to clarify that protest was on schedule. The protest finally took place with Sidhu raising her voice against the law and order situation and crime against women.
A new trend has emerged in public rallies in Haryana, where without visiting the gatherings, the leaders ensure that their words reach the people. One such incident was witnessed at a recent rally in Jind district on December 20, when Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda could not reach the venue. However, Hooda ensured that his message reached his followers. The organiser of the rally, Congress worker Karamvir Saini, called up Hooda and asked him to speak. Saini put the phone on the "loudspeaker mode" and placed it against the microphone. Hooda spoke and the entire gathering heard him.
Haryana Director General of Police S N Vashisht seems to be adopting double standards in his style of functioning. In a recent video conference held with district police chiefs, Vashisht told all officers that no laxity in tackling crime will be tolerated and any officer found wanting will be dealt with sternly. However, he apparently turned a blind eye at what is happening right under his nose in Panchkula. The district police failed to question a Himachal Congress leader — wanted in connection with the murder of a young girl. Despite the fact that the leader got elected and addressed a public rally, the police stood as mute spectators during his victory procession in Baddi. When the media slammed the shoddy policing, the district police was quick to get the leader's arrest warrants issued. However, it remains to be seen how long it takes for the police to nail the leader.