The decision to hike fine for not wearing masks has come in for severe criticism by people. Social media is abuzz with remarks by people on leaders and VIPs not wearing masks. “The politicians need to understand that they must practice what they preach,” said a senior official. He cited the example of the pictures of chief minister, ministers, MLAs and other VIPs without masks atop an open jeep at Mandi Shivratri mela. How can they urge people to wear mask and adhere to social distancing norms when they have scant respect for the norms themselves? they ask.
Officers at receiving end
With elections to four municipal corporations around the corner the officials of various departments in cities where elections are to be held are at the receiving end. They are being forced to follow diktats from politicians managing the elections. Some were transferred at the behest of the ruling party politicians and then brought back after public outrage. Some officials are spending more time running after the politicians rather than sitting in their offices and providing service to people.
Task cut out for Dhumal proteges
Municipal corporation polls in Solan have brought two old proteges of former chief minister PK Dhumal face to face as both are in- charges of their respective parties. Rajinder Rana is heading the Congress poll panel and Dr Rajiv Bindal heads the BJP panel in Solan. Who will manage to deliver only time will tell but it has put a question mark on the local leaders, including a Cabinet minister, who probably lacks the required acumen. More than the candidates, the poll victory is crucial for the duo as both are facing immense opposition within their parties and it will help them prove their relevance and acumen once again.
Poll on party symbols a risk?
The BJP government in Himachal has taken a calculated risk by amending the Municipal Corporation Act for conducting elections to Dharamsala, Palampur, Mandi and Solan Municipal Corporations on party symbol. Tall claims of the party would fall flat in case it did not get a comfortable majority on the polls. Other political parties would also face the threat of being exposed if their performance was poor. Both the BJP and the Congress had claimed victory in urban local bodies and panchayat elections which were not contested on party symbols. The independents would hold the key in case of hung house. The amendments would only benefit the parties which could do horse-trading and obviously parties with more resources would call the shots, said a senior politician.