He is the first citizen of Hyderabad. Yet he remains a disciplined party worker.
When it comes to party matters, he is one among them — a people’s representative. However, few citizens know that their mayor has to visit his party headquarters regularly, and like a corporate employee or a soldier, dutifully sign the attendance register!
Meeting with party members and corporators begin after this formality. The other day, a Postnoon journalist was surprised to see the mayor signing the muster and waiting patiently with other party members to see the party chief.
Well, an elected member belongs to the party, no question about it. But the mayor is above party politics and represents 80 lakh citizens, not a few lakh party workers, doesn’t he?
It should be understood that in a city, it is the mayor, not the CM, who hands over the ‘key’ of the city to any visiting dignitary, be it the President or anyone else. It means he is the custodian, and not for nothing is he/she addressed as ‘the worshipful mayor.’ Have we lost all propriety?
Work of the legerdemain
Everyone knows that the job of the public relations office is to spray lavender over the dunghill and call it the perfume of Paris.
Recently, the new lord of I&PR, RV Chandravadan, did a similar job. As the media howled over the junket of I & PR minister D K Aruna to the US, Chandravadan came out with a ‘clarification.’
He said the minister was representing the government and the State was ‘only’ footing the travelling expenses. Any private programme would be on her, he said. What a relief! The media was happy (or so he thought). The fact is that the travelling expenses make the bulk of the bill and even other expenses could be labelled as official, considering the magical talents our bureaucrats possess in making anything out of nothing. We can only say, well done chief! You served the public as well as the master.