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Captain Ahmed, your innings starts now
- Governor to take charge of state today under President’s Rule, advisers in tow

Ranchi, Jan. 19: A day before taking stand at the crease, Governor Syed Ahmed spent the evening at JSCA International Stadium Complex watching city boy Dhoni lead Team India to a magnificent seven-wicket victory against England.

Governor Ahmed will have a working Sunday as he officially takes over the state’s charge after proclamation of President’s Rule.

Ahmed will go to Project Building tomorrow around 11am and hold a meeting with the state’s top bureaucrats.

Ahmed, a cricket buff, could not catch the first half of the match today between noon and 4pm, as the Raj Bhavan secretariat was busy issuing notifications and orders after proclamation of President’s Rule in the state. He visited the JSCA stadium just past 4 pm and returned to Raj Bhawan after witnessing Dhoni’s winning 4 off Steven Finn’s delivery, which took India’s score to 157 for 28.1 overs.

“The governor is very pleased to witness team India’s victory in the captain’s hometown. He has extended all good wishes and congratulations to Team India on the fabulous win. He also wishes the same team spirit to prevail in future,” said a Raj Bhavan official.

The governor also needs some luck.

After the Saturday cricket frenzy dies down, the sobering state of governance will assail the capital.

The five-page letter of President proclaiming imposition of President’s rule in Jharkhand under Article 356 (1) reached Raj Bhavan yesterday late evening. A copy of the notification was also sent to chief secretary S.K. Choudhary.

Today being Ranchi’s big match, Ahmed is reported to have wisely skipped keeping bureaucrats today at Project Building. Many secretaries of different government departments were seen enjoying the Mahi show at the stadium with their families.

Tomorrow’s meeting to review the status of law and order and development projects will be attended by chief secretary, additional chief secretaries, development commissioner, principal secretaries, secretaries and director general of police at Project Building, first floor.

As the state’s executive head, Ahmed will have two advisers — former IAS Madhukar Gupta (Uttarakhand) and former IPS K. Vijay Kumar (Tamil Nadu) — to assist him.

K. Vijay Kumar, speaking with The Telegraph over phone, said he would reach Ranchi by Monday evening after meeting Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Union home secretary R.K. Singh. Gupta is expected to reach Ranchi on Tuesday, Raj Bhawan sources said.

Kumar has spent nights at Labhor (Latehar), Saranda and Porahat (West Singhbhum) forward camps of CRPF when he was director-general of para-military forces and has real-time experience of rebel combat.

Insiders have said that his appointment as one of the two governor’s advisers is “timely” after the Latehar insurgency earlier this month that left 14 persons, including four civilians, dead, and saw Naxalites planting pressure bombs in slain jawan bodies.


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