Candid Notes

Truce with TSR?

Bonhomie exhibited between chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and former CM Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank during the mega ceremony organized to launch Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana recently has given enough ammunition for many to speculate on reason behind the new found camaraderie. While some term the accolades heaped on TSR by the former CM as mere theatrics of the astute politician, others consider it as a beginning of new chemistry between two stalwarts of state’s politics. It is an open secret that the former CM has remained antagonistic to TSR ever since his coronation on throne of the mountain state was made after sweeping victory of BJP in the assembly elections of 2017. Word going around is that wily politician who at present is MP from Haridwar is finding things not favourable for a second term so he is eager to shift base and contest from Garhwal which is a safer bet but considering long list of strong contenders the party has from Garhwal, he has found it prudent to call truce with TSR.

Jobs in peril

The directive sought by Uttarakhand Subordinate Service Commission from the state government in wake of recent High Court (HC) order removing compulsion of registration in employment offices of state in recruitment of group ‘D’ posts has serious ramifications for the unemployed youths of the mountain state. If the order is implemented by the commission in its recruitment drives then it would surely mar job opportunities of lakhs of unemployed residents of the state. It is a common practice in every state that local youths are given some protection while making appointments on non class I posts and for it provisions like compulsion of registration in local employment offices are made. It would be prudent that to safe guard the interests of the unemployed youths, the state government either challenges the order or devises some other mechanism to ensure that job prospects of locals are not jeopardised.

Fear of Fauji

The declaration by a Colonel who recently has hung his military boots that he would contest the ensuing Lok Sabha elections has not only worried ticket aspirants in the BJP, as he is inclined more towards the saffron party but has also brought frowns on the faces of those who consider themselves in the race for Congress tickets from Garhwal and Tehri Lok Sabha constituencies. The worry of Congressmen is justified as given the current situation, the colonel is unlikely to get favour of BJP and in that case he would naturally turn to Congress for his endeavour to enter Lok Sabha. In a pre-emptive measure, a senior Congress leader who is lobbying hard to get the party’s nomination from Garhwal seat has reportedly expressed his strong opposition to the senior party leaders on any future move to induct the highly ambitious colonel into the party fold. Read more posts…

Friday, 28 December 2018 | Gajendra Singh Negi | Dehradun

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