Spokespersons need briefs
It seems that Congress spokespersons are not much aware of the day-to-day party affairs. They seem to be under pressure commenting on any issue. Recently in a press briefing of Congress its spokesperson answered more than ten questions saying that he hasn’t any information. It is said that party has developed many power centres like 10 Janpath, PMO etc and spokespersons are confused about the party’s stand. So they simply avoid the questions, which, they think, can create some problem.
Advani not trusted
Though Advani has apologised to Sonia Gandhi for a BJP-sponsored study talking her involvement in the Bofors case, Congress is not ready to trust his words. Congress spokesperson Shakil Ahmed has officially welcomed it but has also added that he has not seen the letter and his source of information is media only. But one senior Congress leader said, “You can see his (Advani) past. It may be his strategy. We cannot trust his words.” It is believed that after the Opposition’s stand on JPC, Congress is too cautious and does not want to give a single chance to Opposition to prevail over it on any issue.
Congress usually loves to take credit for every good work in the country. However, it failed to take the credit of formation of the three states, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh, as these were formed during the regime of NDA. But Congress is quite alert now in the case of Telengana. Though it is a fact that Congress leadership was never in the favour of division of Andhra, now it knows that the issue cannot be avoided for long. Therefore, it is more than willing to take the credit. Its eagerness is seen during the budget session. While Congress made every effort to run the Parliament smoothly, its leaders led by Keshav Rao from Andhra, were demonstrating on the issue of Telengana from the very first day of the session. Due to their demonstration, the Parliament was adjourned thrice. However, Chandrashekhar Rao of TRS sensed the conspiracy and took the lead on the issue on the third day but Congress can go to any extent to take the credit since it is almost clear that the way for the formation of Telengana is almost clear.
Nowadays, a lot of emphasis is given on e-governance and all the government departments are trying hard to put everything online. But it is looking a bit difficult for them as the government officers are still living in the 19th Century. They are reluctant to adopt the modern system. Recently, a UPSC candidate waiting for his joining letter for his training visited the website of the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) and made a call on the phone number given there. When he called, he was asked where he has got the number from and when he told the officer concerned that the number is published on the website, the officer put him on hold and fired his colleague as to why his number was given on the website. This left the candidate quite stunned.