29 May 2017 National The Insider

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Deep Throat
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2017-05-20T09:24:41+0530

Divine Pique

The Andhra CM’s decision to appoint a non-Telugu as Tirumala Tirupati Devasth­anam executive head seems to have peeved Telugu IAS officers, whose preserve it has been, and Jana Sena Party chief and film star Pawan Kal­yan, who had helped the TDP-BJP win the 2014 AP polls. He tweeted asking whether a south Indian would be allowed in similar posts in the north and said the TDP and the CM “owe an explanation to the people of Andhra Pradesh and the south”. This was the last tweet before the twitter handle was hacked. Who knows, the tweet may have piqued some deity in north India!

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Cut The Flab

Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officers are in a flap since Yogi Adityanath became chief minister. The buzz is senior officers are now finally being made accountable for all that happens in areas under their jurisdiction and expected to be out there in the field. For instance, the CM recently ordered the state police chief, DGP Sulkhan Singh, to visit Mathura and probe the murder of two jewellers by armed robbers. That’s not all. Additional DGPs have now been posted in police zones that were earlier headed by IGs, while IGs will now head ranges, which used to be headed by their juniors—the DIGs—under the previous regimes. “Also, with a time frame being set for solving cases, the officers will lose all their flab in the days ahead,” quips a BJP leader.


Diminishing Returns

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How does trickle-down economics work in the world of graft? A politician helped float an industrial project in his home state down south and seems to have org­­anised some incentive for a top bureaucrat. A ‘sting op’ ­journalist had a junior lure the bur­eaucrat into a relationship, taped their encounters and blackmailed the officer for a share of the pie. The junior threatened to expose it all and maybe took a cut in the bargain. Now there’s a policeman knocking on their doors. So how much did the kindly politician make? Inc­identally, even he is in a soup of sorts—albeit for reasons unrelated to this ‘sting’.


Overheard A mid-rung Congress leader bemoaning the “lack of hunger to win” among party seniors: “They made their money. Now they sit and do nothing, while BJP leaders go to the people.”

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