off the record

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Relief if Modi shifts

If the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra  Modi moves to Delhi, one section of the government which will heave a sigh of relief is the state police.  
From the time Modi’s security has been upgraded, the police are always on their toe to ensure safety of the CM. And to top it all, is the constant programmes of the CM during the elections.  
For over a decade now the Gujarat police which has been guarding the CM. 

While it was preoccupied with the security for Vibrant Gujarat at the beginning of the year, it continued with the celebration of Republic Day in a district which Modi rotates every year. 

And to continue with the tempo are the Garib Melas and the Kanya Kelavani - the education drive recruitment of girls. 
So, just as one programme concludes, security has to be chalked out for the next. This results in the police to be on a round the clock duty for the CM. And with elections and rallies, things have just worsened for them. 
Swati Bhan, Ahmedabad

Akhilesh a ‘langoor'
It is the poll season and the politicians have been going all out to attack their rivals using all kinds of adjectives against them. Sometimes, in the heat of the electioneering, they attack their own leaders too. 
A ruling Samjwadi Party (SP) leader, who enjoys the status of minister of state, while criticising the BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi, made a laughing stock of himself.

SP leader Chaudhary Saheb Singh, while campaigning in support of the SP nominee from Baghpat lok sabha seat Ghulam Mohemmad, termed Modi as a monkey who could only be driven out by UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. 

“Modi is like a monkey and Akhilesh is like a langoor (baboon)....just as the monkeys run away after seeing langoors, Modi will also run away after seeing Akhilesh'', he said. 

He, later realised his mistake and avoided queries by the media in this regard. Obviously Singh was later cautioned by his party against using such words.
Sanjay Pandey, Lucknow

Strict scrutiny

It is becoming difficult for the Aam Aadmi Party leaders to defend their ‘Aam Aadmi’ stance. 

People are taking their claim of adopting common man’s lifestyle too literally and want the leaders to come clean on it. 

Even their normal actions are being scrutinised strictly.  Media is also showing extra enthusiasm. 
Last week, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal took a train to Varanasi to launch himself opposite BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. 

Media hardly covered his journey by train. 

“His ticket was waitlisted and he got it confirmed under VIP quota,” a journalist asked party’s spokesperson Yogndra Yadav. Yet he claims to be Aam Aadmi,” argued the media-person. 
Yadav just smiled and explained, “Oh, come on. We all know that at times we try to get our ticket confirmed in emergency quota. I do not think it is wrong.” Ironically, the press conference was convened to disclose how BJP and Congress candidates had tried to mislead the Election Commission about the real  value of their properties. 

Anil Sinha, New Delhi

Saviours on Siachen
It’s not unusual for a military aviation unit to celebrate its golden jubilee. 

But if that unit is carrying out only one mission for 30 out of those 50 years with flying colours, then it is praiseworthy. 

The Indian Air Force’s 114 Helicopter Unit – also known as Siachen Pioneers – is doing only one job of landing on the glacier in tricky and treacherous weather since 1984, when India launched Operation Meghdoot by inserting troops on Siachen glacier. 

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Indo-Pak conflict on the world’s highest battlefield, the 114 HU celebrated its golden jubilee in the presence of Air Vice Marshal M Bahadur (retd), who was a part of the crew of the first ever landing in the Siachen Glacier in a Chetak helicopter, on September20, 1978. 

One of the most decorated IAF units, Siachen Pioneer’s motto is “We do the difficult as a routine, the impossible (may) take a bit longer”. 
Kalyan Ray, New Delhi