BJP in catch-22 situation

The BJP is in catch-22 situation in the Jubbal Kotkhai constituency after the mandal president and office-bearers collectively resigned and openly came in support of rebel Chetan Bragta. The party is yet to decide whether to constitute the mandal or campaign for its candidate. The BJP dubs the Congress as leaderless and issueless but in Jubbal Kotkhai, it is rudderless in real sense, said a senior Congress leader.

Fundraising blues

Political leaders are facing problems in raising funds for the byelections. Sources said the mining industry that had faced raids and strict measures in the past few months had turned its back on politicians. The political leaders are running here and there to meet the election expenses.

Revenue generator or loser

A department, mandated to generate revenue, appears to have become synonymous with causing loss to the state exchequer. While little action is taken against the erring officials, the silence of senior officials is intriguing. An official, who has been booked for cheating in Sirmaur district, continues to stay put in his position, much to the surprise of the agency probing the case. Even a recommendation to transfer the officer in an earlier case had been conveniently overlooked. The lack of action has tarnished the image of the department.

Free from sorrows

The planting of an ashoka tree on the premises of the Himachal Hospital of Mental Health and Rehabilitation in Shimla by Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar on World Mental Health Day is a welcome move. Ashoka (means free from sorrows) plant will have a psychological effect and give hope to patients as well as the hospital staff to restore the mental well-being of the people, said a doctor, adding that with depression taking its toll on people, every house needs an ashoka tree.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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