Getting off lightly
The Dalit factor in Madhya Pradesh has put the ruling BJP in a fix ahead of the crucial bypolls to 24 Assembly seats in the state expected later this year. The party is dithering over taking action against its MLA Gopilal Jatav, who voted for Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh in the Rajya Sabha election on June 19. Jatav, an MLA from Guna, a reserved seat, had owned up to his “mistake” and had tendered a written apology, saying he did not vote for Singh “deliberately”, but did so in haste. The BJP had issued a whip ahead of the polls, asking its members to vote for the party candidates, but the six-time MLA disregarded it. Fearing a backlash from the Dalit community, the party doesn’t want to take strict action against him. Of the 24 seats, 16 are in the Gwalior-Chambal region, which has a sizeable number of Dalit voters.
More cover for Delhi Police
Despite the nature of their job, Delhi Police
had started observing social distancing much like everyone else. But if round one involved most meetings being held virtually or files and papers being sanitised repeatedly, the recent spike in the corona infection numbers in the city has compelled the force to make some more changes. For example, many officers are extremely selective about the files they look at now. Some have stopped calling for the daily crime diary at their residence, an established early morning ritual, and are going for the scanned versions instead. Also, earlier people with grievances against officers in their areas could go to the police headquarters and meet officers but that has stopped. Now there are boxes at the entrance to police stations, and the grievances can be dropped there. Considering the recent practice of staying away from paper, it is highly likely those documents won’t land up at the right place at the right time.