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Traffic Signboards Required At Bandora

A few years back, traffic signboards that were in a dilapidated condition near Sneha Mandir at Bandora in Ponda were removed from the spot. However, the authorities failed to replace these signboards with new ones. Signboards were installed at the location to instruct motorists and two-wheeler riders about the existence of a sharp turn. It is rather unfortunate that till date no favourable action has been taken to install new signboards at the location thus endangering the lives of motorists. With vehicles proceeding at fast speeds in opposite directions, there is every possibility of mishaps occurring at the location. The concerned authorities should take note of this and initiate prompt action to install signboards at
the spot.

PRAVIN U SARDESSAI, ADPAI

Tejashwi Has Age On His Side

Tejashwi Yadav deserves the encomiums that have come his way. With father Lalu Prasad Yadav in jail, the 31-year-old had his task cut out in the Bihar assembly elections. The run for money given by the Mahagathbandhan in the elections is in part due to Tejashwi’s personal popularity. If only he had managed to cash in on the anti-incumbency wave against chief minister Nitish Kumar, there would have been a role reversal and more. Since he was a deputy chief minister earlier, he knew what it took to be a people’s politician. But when it came to the crunch, Tejashwi lacked the killer instinct to take the bull by its horns. The hard work of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader – conducting 19 rallies a day – was talked about in awe because the senior Yadav, at his best, could muster energy for anything around 16 rallies only. Tejashwi Yadav’s shortcoming was his acute paucity of long-term planning, and he has to work on that. In Bihar, Tejashwi was not known to be a 24-hour-politician before the beginning of the election campaign. Not knowing to ‘mix’ with the people was a drawback that the youthful leader seemed to have rectified during the election rallies. Nitish Kumar is unlikely to lord for long unless a miracle happens. The BJP has no great leader on the ground; no one appears to be on the horizon. Tejashwi has age on his side; he has his people. There is one established weak link in his persona and that is his inability to keep going no matter what. 2025, of course, will be Tejashwi’s acid test. But his role as a leader of the Opposition will be widely dissected by people. Power comes and goes; it is crucial to remain in the good books of the people. That done there may be no stopping Tejashwi in Bihar politics. 

GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA