Recent uncharitable comments of former president Nitin Gadkari against income-tax officers have left BJP in a dilemma. Party leaders in the state have decided not to utter a word on the matter and let Gadkari firefight. A senior leader said, “If we try to intervene, things will aggravate. Moreover, how can we endorse anybody intimidating income-tax officers? “Had it been any other leader we would have said it was a slip of the tongue. In case of Gadkari, we cannot give an excuse. He is like this only.” So, the policy is to wait for another issue to crop up so that this one is ignored.
Even BEST committee members have to wait for days to access information related to the public undertaking. Bhaskar Khursange of NCP recently complained to the committee chairman that he had not received certain information sought 12 days ago. This, he said, was despite a directive by the general manager that committee members should be given information on matters related to BEST administration within eight days. Others part of the committee backed Khursange. Dilip Kadam of MNS said he sent letters to BEST seeking information in November but was still to receive it.
Women’s cricket stand
Mumbai Police officers who visited the BCCI office at the Wankhede recently to discuss security for women’s cricket were surprised with the board’s attitude towards the game. The three IPS officers had gone with a proper plan to secure the entire stadium. But BCCI officials scoffed at them: “Good if one-third of the stand is filled. Else, we will have to send people to schools and colleges to fill seats.” It is a different story the game shifted to a peaceful Cuttack!
Couldn’t Car(e) Less!
Mumbaikars may be turning their heads to get another glimpse of a luxury car zooming past, but this officer was far from excited when the control room received a call about an Audi R8, a sports car worth over a crore rupees, catching fire near Bandra-Worli Sea Link. He responded in a rather insipid tone, “Every day small cars catch fire. Once in a while a big car can also be on fire, what is the big deal?”