GRAPEVINE

Port Blair
20 Oct 2016

Woman MP:

Grapevine has it that the Election Commission of India has declared the A&N Parliamentary constituency as reserved for tribal woman.

This is bound to send shivers down the spine of many big guns in all the political parties who have already started preparing for their victory in the 2019 general elections.

Ban Bonanza:

The tobacco ban has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the majority OF small gumtis who are now selling tobacco at double or even thrice the pre-ban price. They have enough stock to last one year of ban.  The banned items are sold only to their trusted regular customers.  Tobacco addicts are managing to get the heady stuff even from the mainland.  The only saving grace is clean corners of corridors and stairs of government building.

Dry & Wet:

While the recent Dry Days were not so dry in Mayabunder where a prominent politician continued to serve the tipplers at his eatery by buying the protection of some men in khaki, the situation was no different at Marine Jetty in Port Blair where a bottles of IMFL were sold at double the market rate of Rs. 1000 apiece to quench the thirst of boozers.

Self Protection:

The race for the coveted post of Chairperson of the A&N Child Protection Commission is hotting up. A number of well known female politicians and a nationally and internationally acclaimed male have thrown their hats in the ring.  Each one is making all out efforts to put down other competitors in a bid to romp home.