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Updated: 03 January, 2016 13:37 IST | A Correspondent |

If you are in Kolkata, two words are very common, Didi and Dada. And interestingly, both are fairly powerful in this eastern Indian metropolis.

It's simple Dadagiri, boss
If you are in Kolkata, two words are very common, Didi and Dada. And interestingly, both are fairly powerful in this eastern Indian metropolis. The one rules the state, the other rules its cricket, and a tinge of its entertainment industry by participating in almost any and every show. Now, taking the cue from Kolkata’s powerful Mamata Banerjee, Didi to all, and Saurav Ganguly, Dada to all, a liquor manufacturer has launched a country-made product, a low priced white coloured drink, called Dada. It comes in pearl pet bottles and has become extremely popular with the rich and the commoners in the city. Encouraged by the stupendous sales, the brand is now being exported to other states from this year. Simple Dadagiri, boss.

What a doggy business
This can only happen in Kolkata. Troubled by growing number of street dogs, the Trinamool Congress has advised residents of Kolkata to keep bottles of half open kerosene outside their homes, the smell — the party guaranteed — would positively drive the dogs away. Many, mostly TMC supporters, have started following Didi’s diktat like the final word. But then emerged another problem. The cops were told roadside vendors were routinely pinching away the kerosene bottles. Enraged TMC workers have now pasted posters in many neighbourhoods, encouraging residents to use metallic chains to lock up the kerosene bottles. It’s quite a sight.

One step ahead, two back

A couple of hours into the odd-even car movement rule being introduced in the Indian Capital, AAP head and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal almost threw in the towel. He told his confidants that he has realised the move is not going to be a lasting one and his government will have to think of alternatives. Why this sudden change of mind? Kejriwal, it is reliably learnt, knows the Delhi government just does not have the alternative to handle the huge rush in the city. The pressure is currently less but its also because schools are on an extended holiday. What happens when the school buses go back to their original duty? AAP insiders claim Kejriwal was also upset because of allegations by the Congress and BJP that his move was to bolster the business of auto drivers, a strong voting segment for the party.

Last Word
Every time, an effort is made to reach out to Pakistan, a major attack follows. It was Kargil when the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee hosted Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, now its rumoured that Jaish-E-Mohammed founder Azhar Masood planned the Pathankot terror attack after PM Narendra Modi’s recent stopover at Lahore.

First Published: 03 January, 2016 02:45 IST

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