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Patna Diary

Gates stand tall, motorists suffer

The city roads are full of colourful gates these days, thanks to several political events over the past one week. Though the programmes are over a few days ago, several gates are still standing tall. The other day, some labourers were dismantling a welcome gate on Bailey Road during peak hours. The gate collapsed, triggering a traffic jam. There was a huge snarl by the time the workers removed it from the road,” said a commuter, who was caught in the traffic jam.

Changed plans

Less than six months ago, leaders of various political parties joined hands to form the Kisan Mahasabha. They declared that the Mahasabha would take on Nitish Kumar and organised a successful rally at Gandhi Maidan. But after the premature death of former Union minister Digvijay Singh, the model of the vehicle has changed. “It has become a model for changing parties,” said a senior politician. One of the architects of the Mahasabha - former MP Prabhunath Singh - has joined RJD. Another sitting JD(U) MP Lallan Singh is reported to be waiting for a grand union in front of All India Congress Committee chief Sonia Gandhi. Another Mahasabha leader, former MP Devendra Prasad Yadav, appears not to have made up his mind. He has floated an outfit of socialists to negotiate his grand union.

In demand

Former MP Anand Mohan can be a murder convict, but that does not make him untouchable. He has a stream of visitors in jail in Saharsa. On Tuesday, RJD MP Ram Kripal Yadav went to meet him, hinting that his wife and former MP Lovely Anand is likely to join the RJD. Candidates for 10 seats would be decided by Mohan in the Assembly polls, said sources. few days ago a visibly angry RJD MP Umashankar Singh also paid a visit to Siwan jail to meet its most famous inmate former MP Md Shahbuddin. Singh was angry over the induction of his arch political rival Prabhunath Singh in the RJD. Criminals-turned-politicians are still most sought after in Bihar.

Number game

Even as intensive talks about seat-sharing between the RJD and its ally LJP is on, wild guesses are being made. It began with 100 to the LJP and the rest 143 going to the RJD. Then there were strong rumours that the RJD was not willing to give LJP more than 50. The third was that LJP had reduced its demand to 90. The latest figure for the LJP is 75. Amid hectic talks and number game, there is a rumour that a campaign vehicle is being prepared which would carry election symbols of both RJD and LJP.

Recruitment woes

A government department is wary of the queries being made by a constitutional body which has been entrusted with work of recruiting around 24 persons in senior posts for the recently set-up institutions by the state government. “Instead of starting the process of recruitment, the body keeps on sending us queries that are of no importance,” said a senior official of the department. He said: “Now we have decided to provide all this irrelevant information to the body so that the recruitment process may start for running institutions without heads is becoming difficult with every passing day.” The official claimed that the persons holding important posts in the body were creating obstacles in the way of the chief minister's desire of completing the recruitment process at the earliest. “Such people live in their own world caring little about the wishes of their political masters who have been mandated by the people to run the system,” fumed another official before adding that care should be taken before deputing anyone in constitutional bodies.
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