Lucknow Nama: B’day and party

B'day and party

The election results of four states have spoiled the UP Congress's plan to celebrate party president Sonia Gandhi's birthday that falls on December 9. The party had plans to distribute sweets and had also arranged for drums on the day. SMSes were sent to party workers to reach the party office around 10:30 am. Now, however, the state unit is in two minds whether to go ahead with the celebrations or not. All those who have been sent messages are learnt to have been enquiring the entire day whether they have to reach the party office tomorrow at all. They were not given any straightforward reply.

Hair him out

Former BJP MLA from Deoband Sukhbir Singh Pundir has not shaved his beard and moustache ever since the party announced Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate in September. Pundir, who was at party state headquarters in Lucknow this week, said he would shave only when Modi becomes PM. A law graduate and farmer by profession, Pundir (62) has attended all Modi rallies held in the state so far. He was BJP MLA from 1996-2002. Jailed during the emergency, Pundir had also been an office-bearer in the student union of a degree college in Saharanpur.

Cane charged

A Toyota showroom's owner in Noida had to bear the brunt of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) for being the relative of a sugar mill operator. During the agitation over the cane issue, the BKU activists locked the showroom and went away. Harried owners contacted top officials of the administration and the police for help, who advised him to keep mum. The owners patiently waited for nine long days till the mills announced to start crushing and BKU activists unlocked the showroom.

Double whammy

Agriculture minister Kunwar Anand Singh's visit to Banda district landed him in trouble. Firstly, Banda Superintendent of Police Uday Shanker Jaiswal sat on the floor in front of the minister. The picture was clicked and aired on news channels leading to a controversy. Later, when Anand Singh boarded his helicopter to return, it developed a technical snag. The minister, who could otherwise had stayed there, left immediately for Lucknow in a car.

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