Poll Po­si­tion

BJP’S CM can­di­dates on elec­tions, dengue and rice at Rs 3 per kg

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Pre­par­ing for the Polls

Raje’s new-found po­lit­i­cal wis­dom is best seen in her ef­fort to ad­dress the on­go­ing power strug­gle be­tween Gu­j­jars and Meenas. Gu­j­jar de­mand for Sched­uled Tribe sta­tus and Meenas’ strong op­po­si­tion to it reached a flash­point with the Cho­pra Com­mis­sion re­ject­ing the Gu­j­jar claim. Raje has now lobbed the ball in the Cen­tre’s court and moved to pla­cate Gu­j­jars by promis­ing quick de­vel­op­ment in their ar­eas.

INDIATODAY, Jan­uary 7, 2008

Ser­vice on Time

The Cen­tre is yet to ful­fil Team Anna’s de­mand for a cit­i­zen’s char­ter to deal with pub­lic griev­ances but sev­eral states have al­ready rolled out mea­sures to hold of­fi­cials to ac­count. Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s gov­ern­ment pi­o­neered the Mad­hya Pradesh Lok Se­waon Ke Pradan Ki Guar­an­tee Ad­hiniyam on Au­gust 18, 2010. Sev­eral states, such as Bi­har, Jammu & Kash­mir, UP, HP and Delhi have fol­lowed suit since.

INDIATODAY, Oc­to­ber 10, 2011

Harsh Vard­han

A Virus Un­tamed

Since the dengue virus struck Delhi six weeks ago, it has killed an av­er­age of four peo­ple a day. By the third week of Oc­to­ber, it had claimed about 200 lives. The Cap­i­tal is barely equal to the task of han­dling the es­ti­mated 5,000 cases of dengue on its hands. It may have been dif­fer­ent if the ini­tial cases had been iden­ti­fied ac­cu­rately, says Dr P.N. Se­h­gal. “No­body gave the gov­ern­ment any warn­ing about this out­break,” says state Health Min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han.

INDIATODAY, Novem­ber 15, 1996

Ra­man Singh

The Ra­man Ef­fect

With his plus-size frame, Ra­man Singh keeps a close tab on what he eats and usu­ally helps him­self to small meals for din­ner. Yet for the im­pov­er­ished masses of Ch­hat­tis­garh, the ge­nial Ayurveda prac­ti­tioner loos­ened the Gov­ern­ment’s purse-strings so that no­body had to sleep on an empty stom­ach. By the time ‘chaur wale baba’ (elder who pro­vides rice) was through with his Rs 3-per-kg rice scheme, the state was eat­ing out of his hand.

INDIATODAY, De­cem­ber 22, 2008

Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Va­sund­hara Raje

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