Recalcitrant Jaya

Updated: Nov 28 2002, 05:30am hrs
If Karnataka chief minister SM Krishna could meet Karunanidhi, why couldnt he meet Tamilnadu chief minister Jayalalithaa This was the message a senior Karnataka cabinet minister got when he visited Chennai for a darshan with Amma. He came to Chennai seeking Tamilnadus cooperation in securing the release of the abducted Nagappa from the clutches of the sandalwood smuggler Veerappan.

Insiders say Ms Jayalalithaa told Krishnas emissary that the last time when the impasse following Rajkumars abduction by Veerappan arose, SM Krishna had come in person to meet the then Tamilnadu chief minister for securing the states full cooperation. She enquired as to why he had to send an emissary this time round.

Probably the answer lies in the spat between the two chief ministers over Cauvery waters that has just settled down with both having their share of Supreme Court reprimands. But a scaling down of the tensions between the two titans seems unlikely. Neither Mohammad would go to the mountain nor would the mountain come to Mohammad.

Stamping Delays
Delays in projects could be on account of lack of funds, infrastructure or even babudom. While these are some of the common reasons which come to ones mind, what would you say if a project takes time to take off due to scarcity of stamp paper

When All India Radio (AIR) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) decided to go ahead on a resource-sharing venture a few months ago, whereby AIR would offer its tower to BSNL to set up a dish antenna, officials didnt realise that stamp paper would be an obstacle. But it was.

Not that the top honchos had a disagreement over any clause in the 10-year contract. Rather, there was no stamp paper available in Port Blair for the agreement to be signed. Now to resolve the issue, stamp papers are being sent to Port Blair straight from New Delhi!