Lucknow, Aug 8: Strange are the ways of Akhilesh Yadav and stranger is his thought process. Call it hilarious, his comment on the Durga Shakti Nagpal suspension case now gets people rolling with laughter.
Out of the blue, he re-creates a school classroom scene when he says "There might be many children (sitting here) who I can say would have received a beating from their teachers and parents when they had done something wrong. The government is also run like this. Whenever any official does something wrong, he is punished," Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said while addressing a function in Lucknow.
Funny it may sound, but the comment is giving us visions of Akhileshji's childhood (we are sure he might have remembered his teachers in school when he said that)!
Ok, lets get serious now. Afterall, Akhileshji had a reason to draw such a semblence.
On questioning why the state government is not willing to revoke Durga's suspension, despite Centre's interference? he said, "If the state government finds an officer has taken a bribe and suspends the officer pending an enquiry, the centre can do very little. Similarly, the centre cannot intervene in an administrative enquiry instituted against an officer by the state government."
Well, moolahs believe otherwise. It is not the inaccessibility of the Centre in state matters that has kept the former from opening its mouth too much, but the fact that SP plays a strongman in Congress party, backing it for anything and everything.
With the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2014, surely Congress could not have afforded to loose Mulayam and his strongmen (especially when its dream scheme-Food Bill-is still in the pipeline). In such a situation, the Centre's interference seemed nothing more than a whimper, which died down as soon as SP showed its fangs.