Dehradun : Politicking on even issues that are positive and which should actually be followed rather than a hue and cry raised, are the bane of Uttarakhand.
Whereas former chief minister of the BJP, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ may have done something very inconsequential as far as the interest of the people of this small hill state are concerned, but the gesture could have gone a long way if followed by others using red beacons.
Nishank, voluntarily did away with the red beacons on his official cars, a small but meaningful gesture, in as much that the beacons have become a status symbol in Uttarakhand.
Almost everyone who is anyone in the ruling party does hectic lobbying and politicking so that he can use the red beacon on his car. In fact they are the main stay of those who cannot become ministers, to flaunt their power and vex their muscles among the aam aadmi.
However, agriculture minister in the Vijay Bahguguna government, Harak Singh Rawat rather than lauding the move by the former chief minister, however small, and doing the same took a jibe at him.
Talking to newspersons, Rawat said that if Nishank was really seriously in adopting the aam aadmi attitude, he should leave the official residences that he occupies and move to his private house.
While there is no denying the sense in what Rawat said, but perhaps the agriculture minister should have led from the front and not only given up the use of the red beacon in his official cars, but left his own official residence and moved to his private residence in the city.
His actions would have carried more weight than his interaction with the media and would have served as an example for others to follow.
Incidentally, Rawat has been in the media for all the wrong reasons and there have been quite a few allegations against him from various quarters.
Perhaps the minister will recall that when not taken in the cabinet by chief minister Vijay Bahuguna, he openly denounced that we was gunning for any ministerial berth and that such positions he kept on the toe of his shoes. But then he is known to have bent backwards and more than readily took the oath when inducted into the cabinet.