Thursday, 01 Mar 2018 | Gajendra Singh Negi | Dehradun
‘Parachute’ blues for RS seat
The list of aspirants for the lone Rajya Sabha (RS) seat is getting longer with each passing day to the embarrassment of the BJP high command. Those who are eyeing the seat include Vijay Bahuguna, Ajay Bhatt, Anil Baluni, Teerath Singh Rawat and Amrita Rawat. Besides, Tarun Vijay who had a stint in the Upper House of the Parliament and Anil Goyal who twice contested RS elections unsuccessfully are also said to be in the fray. The RS by-election is due as the sitting MP Mahendra Singh Mahra is slated to retire. BJP is sure of capturing the seat thanks to the overwhelming majority it enjoys in the state Assembly. The state party brass is, however, worried, as there are chances of the party candidate to zero in on what is called a ‘parachute’ candidate and foist it on the state party with a diktat to fall in line. Their fear is not unfounded as a number of cabinet ministers like Arun Jaitely, Ravishankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Dharmendra Pradhan and Thaawarchand Gehlot are also retiring and it is certain that they would be re-nominated. Ever since its creation, Uttarakhand has been a favourite hunting ground for politicians from other states to get an entry into RS, courtesy the weak state leadership in both BJP and Congress. The list of ‘parachute’ candidates entering the precincts of the Upper House from the state with the blessing of the high commands of both the parties is long- Sushma Swaraj, Sangh Priya Gautam, Satish Sharma, Satyavrat Chaturvedi and Raj Babbar. The state-based leaders were elbowed out to yield places to those who have nothing to do with the Himalayan state. If the same repeats the state-based leaders would have no other option but to supinely fall in line. However, they are hoping that they would be preferred this time over the ‘parachutes’.
The public sector bank which has turned into a butt of social media jokes in the aftermath of the fraud played upon it by Mama -Bhanja duo of Mehul Chowksi and Neerav Modi is now fairly cautious, working diligently on the grey areas before taking the precipitous leap. The hill state is no exception. The management of the bank is said to be now disturbed over a loan to the tune of hundreds of crores given to a person who owns a mega educational institute in the state. As per the sources, the bank had already provided him a loan which is a staggering Rs 800 crore. The bank management got into a tizzy after the same person recently approached the bank with a fresh appeal of lending him with Rs 150 crore more. Once bitten twice shy, the bank refused, citing the high- risk exposure involved. It is another matter that a private bank rushed in and provided the required amount to the same person. However, one may wonder why such banks do not show the same promptness in clearing loans when it comes to the common people who need just a small amount of loan to survive.
Holding fire of the fiery
The Union government’s decision to withdraw Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) cover to nine MLAs who rebelled against Harish Rawat in 2016 and joined BJP subsequently has sunk the hearts of the ‘turncoats’. They were basking for long in the glory of the ‘special security’ connoting a ‘special status’. Interestingly, the Centre has decided to continue the CISF security cover for the mercurial MLA Khanpur Pranav Singh ‘Champion’. The ‘special status’ continuing for ‘Champion’ is leaving other of the same boat-some of them are cabinet ministers- livid. Their grudge is understandable as the tall, robust and alert CISF personnel used to add to their aura while giving them the something extra about which the hoopla is all about. Tongue wagging, a state watcher quips, “In case of Champion, one wonders if the security is provided to protect him or others from the wrath of the firebrand leader.’’
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