Tej makes quiet entry into new house
Jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadva’s elder son and first-time MLA Tej Pratap Yadav moved into his new bungalow in Patna in an unusually quiet manner. The 30-year-old, known for his love for crowds and media attention, organised a puja at the 7-M Strand Road bungalow, which was allotted to him by the state government. Neither his mother, former CM Rabri Devi, nor his younger brother, Tejashwi was invited. Sources said his estranged wife Aishwarya was not informed. “He (Tej) feels uncomfortable around his family,” said an aide.
New DGP hits the ground running
Bihar’s newly appointed police chief Gupteshwar Pandey has sent a chill down the spine of hardcore criminals and corrupt policemen. The 1987-batch IPS officer, known for his successful experiments in community policing, has sent stern messages that he would not spare anyone breaking the law. Nine days into his new job, he made a surprise midnight inspection of two police stations in Patna and placed six cops, including the two station house officers, under suspension for dereliction of duty. “Even if a cop, he may be a constable or an SP, is found slack or corrupt, they will face action,” said Pandey, who also held a Facebook Live session to interact with both common people and policemen.
Liquor shame stumps minister at meeting
Total prohibition is in force in Bihar for nearly three years, and the state government. But violations of the ban on consumption and sale of liquor are cropping up almost every day. A minister in the Nitish Kumar-led government was stumped to see a drunkard’s antics at a public meeting. Art and culture minister Krishna Kumar Rishi was left embarrassed when a man disrupted his speech at Bheldi. The man, who was sitting in the audience, started shouting at the minister and complained of bad roads in the area.
Gandhi’s teachings displayed on office walls
Walls of all government offices in Bihar now carry panels with important teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. The “seven social sins” that the Father of the Nation had identified find place in these panels. They are: Politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice. At the height of the freedom movement, Gandhi had published this list in 1925. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, an avowed follower of Gandhi, had ordered display of these messages recently.
Anand ST Das
Our correspondent in Bihar