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Phone thieves love politicians’ handsets

Cellphone thieves seem to have a fascination for politicians’ handsets. One of their victims - science and technology minister Shahid Ali Khan - is desperate to get his stolen handset back. I lost 4,000 contact numbers stored in that mobile and it is creating a hell of a problem,” he told a friend. “The numbers of several of his acquaintances were stored in that mobile. The minister does not know which phone to respond to and which call to discard,” one of his admirers said. Khan is among the several politicians who lost their mobile handsets. A few years ago, RJD MP Ram Kripal Yadav’s cellphone was picked from his pocket on the stage from where he addressed public. “It is really embarrassing. You cannot ask anybody on the stage or in the crowd to not to come near,” a leader of the NDA, who has been a victim of a mobile handset thief, said.

Clicks prick

The state party president of the Congress, Mehboob Ali Quaiser, is cut up with the media photographers. “What’s the use of taking photographs? I do not see my photos in any newspaper,” he said recently when lensmen were clicking his pictures while he was addressing a news meet. “The frustration of Quaiser is understandable. After the defeat of the party in the Assembly polls there were talks of his removal,” a Congress leader said.

Visibly invisible

A Bihar-based portal did a story on a man missing for the past 14 years. He is Mukul Kapur - the former private secretary of Lalu Prasad. Kapur went underground in 1997, as the fodder scam investigation by the CBI was getting hot. Since then, he has been the most visible “invisible” man in the RJD. “Virtually every senior RJD leader met him at some place or another - in Delhi, Dehradun, Patna and even at remote areas of Bihar. It is just the CBI who has not found him,” a leader of the RJD said. Some RJD leaders feel that he should resurface. “Staying underground is worse than remaining in jail,” the RJD leader added.

Delhi dash wish

A senior IAS officer is making hectic efforts to go to Delhi. He even had a prominent Union minister to plead his case before the chief minister. The file moved for his central deputation hit the red tape and was sent back with a query. He is not the only one keen to move to Delhi. Another senior IAS declared that he also wanted to go on leave. “I am ready to proceed on a long leave if my file is not cleared,” he said. Officers declared that the workload in Bihar was getting on their nerves and there were heartburns even when leaves were granted. “An officer of the department of disaster management was not granted leave a few months ago. But he has been given leave now when there are high chances of floods,” another senior officer said, adding that the whole secretariat might wear a deserted look if the IAS officers were given a free hand to move to Delhi.

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