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Back to RJD days

Officials and engineers involved in the beautification work of the state capital admit that they feel being back to the RJD days. All work such as beautification of Gandhi Maidan and setting up of a cafeteria at Eco Park are going haywire and have missed deadline. But we cannot do anything because the contractors have been paid a hefty advance and all of them are closely related to the powers that be,” said an official. The only difference is that no official or engineer has been roughed up. “But nobody dare ask them about the time-frame or quality of work,” said an official. Incidentally, the Nitish government has come in for strong criticism for sub-standard work - cracks appearing in the main structure of Buddha Smriti Park, a major road construction company blacklisted for delay and poor quality and legal wrangles by a firm appointed to clean Patna. “One must find out if kin of politicians or their close aides are involved in these work,” another official said.

Blame it on Konwar

The delay in notifying 12 nominated members of the state Legislative Council appears to be taking a comic turn. While BJP appears desperate that these nominations be announced soon, the JD(U) is playing it cool. “We are being told that the recommendations to the Raj Bhavan would be sent once Devanand Konwar moves out. Konwar’s track record of holding up state government proposals or sending a volley of queries is being quoted,” fumed a BJP leader. JD(U) leaders say that the uncertainty over the alliance is the main reason. “If we have to break up, why should we give the BJP seats in the Council,” asked a senior JD(U) leader. “Konwar’s name appears to be of some use to the party,” said the JD(U) leader.

Cat fight in uniform

There are reports about two senior women police officers engaged in an ugly brawl over the spouse of one of their lady colleagues. Though the media avoided naming the two, the cyber geeks appear to know the names, now evident from the social network sites. “You just cannot beat the cyber space,” mused a senior official. However, he said that the episode had thrown up a relevant issue. “Can such a temperamental male or female officer be given ey postings?” he asked, stressing that he new that at least one f the lady cops had created a similar scene arlier. He stressed hat the Special Branch of the police has ossiers containing records of personal behaviour of senior officials. “Many of the officials are known to be temperamental but are still given key postings,” he added.

Waiting for the rest

After Rabri Devi took oath as a member of the Legislative Council, RJD leaders appear to be having nightmare. “Right now, we have our leader’s wife and son to deal with. After some time, we may have to deal with daughters and sons-in-laws,” said a senior party leader, recalling that Rabri Devi had hinted that even her daughters might take a plunge in politics. Another RJD leader remained unperturbed. “It cannot be that bad. We have already dealt with saalas (brothers-in-law) and after them we are capable of taking on any relative,” he joked.