Recent unfortunate death of six persons in the illicit liquor tragedy in heart of the provisional State Capital has again brought to fore the menace of the illicit liquor in the State and the ubiquitous network of bootleggers in the Himalayan State which takes a pride in calling itself a Dev Bhoomi. The unholy nexus of politicians, police and officials of excise department provides sustenance to the network of bootleggers, a fact manifested by the glaring audacity of its operators in running the business of illicit liquor. In the latest tragedy, one of the accused who is said to be the Kingpin was arrested after a stern warning given by TSR to the police and officials. It is learnt that this key man was being patronised by at least two sitting MLAs of Doon valley and one of them, who had nurtured him ever since he was a greenhorn in the business had adorned saffron colours before the assembly elections of 2017. The lackadaisical attitude of authorities in dealing with the issue can be understood from the fact that the investigation officers (IO) in the inquiry ordered against the excise department officers and employees in the Hooch tragedy of Haridwar in February this year which had claimed 43 lives were appointed in a haste after a similar tragedy struck Dehradun last week.
Questions are being raised over the propriety and timing of the BJP State unit’s decision to knock at the doors of the Governor on what is termed the misinformation campaign unleashed by principal Opposition party against TSR Government. A complaint of violation of Model Code of Conduct submitted by a district-level leader of Congress party over pictures of PM and CM on the packets of the pulses being distributed to poor under a Government scheme ostensibly acted as a trigger for this unprecedented step of ruling party. The BJP State chief obviously has his own reasons in support of his act of submitting an appeal to the Governor but the political pundits here are terming this as a major gaffe on part of the BJP. They point out that by this act, they have given a big compliment to the Congress party which is in a state of disarray. Naturally, the Congress leadership of the State is elated over the development and exhibiting it as a victory of its efforts.
No one among the present lot of politicians in the Himalayan State knows it better than a former Chief Minister and Congress stalwart to remain in persistent limelight. Known for organising social get-togethers usually for promoting local delicacies, fruits and veggies, this leader has now decided to dish out mouth watering cucumbers grown in the hilly areas to his guests. Many other local flavours are said to be on the menu of this party. It is believed that apart from serving delicacies in the party, the old fox of many a political battle would also keep an eye on those who are still standing with him and list the deserters of his flock. Reeling under perils like losing control over the party which till recently he had lorded over and increased chances of his arrest in the infamous sting CD case which rocked his Government and provided a tool to BJP to browbeat him in the elections of 2017, the senior pro would definitely asses his strength and position vis- a-vis his detractors in the grand old party while munching over a cucumber.
Friday, 27 September 2019 | Gajendra Singh Negi
Author: Gajendra Singh Negi
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