U’khand govt vs High Court
Former chief ministers (CMs) of Uttarakhand owe the state government Rs 20 crore, the Uttarakhand High Court has ruled. The reason: They had been occupying official bungalows and enjoying other services even after relinquishing office. This is the latest chapter in the fight between the court and the government. The court had, last year, asked the government to recover from the former CMs house rent at market rates and also demand payment for providing office staff, security, and cars. To get around the order, the government then brought in the Uttarakhand Former Chief Minister Facility Bill, which was passed in the Assembly and notified as an Act earlier this year after the governor’s assent. The court on Tuesday termed the Act beyond the state’s legal authority. Over to the government...
Returning to the fold
Former chief minister Kamal Nath, who is also Madhya Pradesh Congress
Committee chief, is leaving no stone unturned to win as many seats as possible for the party in the upcoming by-elections to 24 Assembly seats. His strategies have played a major role in the return of two of Jyotiraditya Scindia’s closest aides, Balendu Shukla and Satyendra Yadav, to the party. The two leaders, along with Scindia, had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in March. Shukla was close to Jyotiraditya’s father, Madhavrao Scindia, and Yadav is a staunch supporter of Jyotiraditya. Yadav has apparently hinted that Scindia is “feeling suffocated” in the BJP. Not that the BJP is taking it easy. It has formed a 22-member “election management committee”, besides a 16-member “election resource committee”, for the bypolls.