HOODA’S BIG SPLURGE
Sporting a pink turban just as he promised, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda opened his biggest bag of ‘goodies’ for Haryana’s voters a full year ahead of Assembly elections. There is something for everyone—enhanced crop compensation for farmers, fatter paychecks for policemen, twice the pension for the aged and 80,000 new jobs. “Mai toh luta raha hoon logon ke liye, loot toh nahi raha (I am squandering wealth on the people, I am not looting the state),” he said, evidently nervous about a third term in office. The crowd roared in approval. Now if only they would vote.