BL Diary - Who is more powerful?

Our Bureaus | Updated on October 08, 2011


BL26_PATAUDI_   -  The Hindu


The Chief Minister of a State is more powerful than a Union Minister. Ask the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Mr Vilasrao Deshmukh. At a recent event in Hyderabad, Mr Deshmukh, himself a former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, had to wait for nearly two hours for the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Reddy, to arrive. When his turn came, Mr Deshmukh did not hold back any punches in his address. He said, the chief minister of a State is the most powerful man and he should be shown the activities of the Centre which housed a tsunami-warning facility — which Mr Reddy could not visit for want of time. The CM could only listen patiently to the barb.

Subsidy for power, food

It was a war of words between the consumers of electricity at the recent hearing of Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) in Mangalore. One of the consumers, who represented small-scale industries, said that the Government is subsidising the power supplied to irrigation pumpsets. Replying to this statement, a representative from a farmers' organisation asked the Government to give the production cost of the commodity they were growing, as many agricultural commodities were not getting the appropriate price. Those who speak about cross-subsidisation of power to IP sets should also think about the food commodities they are getting at a subsidised rate, he argued.

Tiger's tale

There is a funny bit in Sunil Gavaskar's Sunny Days where he talks about how Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi once scared the daylights out of Gundappa Vishwanath (who happens to be Sunny's brother-in-law as well) in Bhopal. Apparently, Vishy who was taken on a shikar organised by Pataudi, was 'kidnapped' by dacoits, who later turned out to be Tiger's men!

Bengal delicacies

These days, Bengali dishes seem to have caught the flavour of bureaucrats and ministers in New Delhi. At discussions and addresses by them a reference to misti doi or hilsa fish is common. While one Union Minister said that his hectic schedule did not allow him to eat the ‘much famed' misti doi (sweetened yoghurt) of Kolkata, another high ranking bureuacrat said that there was “no food inflation in Bengal” except perhaps in the price of “hilsa fish”. And quite true. The price of this Bengali delicacy (hilsa) has moved up to Rs 500 a kg in some cases.

Published on September 26, 2011

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