About 10 orderlies - once referred to as peons – attached to a main government office in the city recently found to their shock and dismay that they had been suddenly transferred out to various other places.
When some purohitas resigned en bloc on a collective agreement, the Green party leadership recommended a new set to fill the vacancies that arose.
However, Number One, now on a collision course with the Green leadership ignored the recommended list and proceeded to swear in three deputies as acting purohitas.
The Green leadership who took strong exception to this ‘arbitrary action’ wrote to Number One describing it as a violation of the Constitutional provisions.
Nevertheless, the deputies who got acting appointments assumed duties in their respective Ministries.
One of these three acting purohitas was a young politico from the South who got a deputy office after a long wait. A close pal of his after congratulating him had asked him, “Don’t you think that you may have to later regret accepting this acting appointment without the nod of the party leadership?”
The young purohita suddenly elevated to high office though in an acting capacity had replied: “Going by the things happening in our party, I don’t think that I would receive a high position from the party leadership during this life time. When I was asked to take up this acting appointment, I readily accepted it because I knew it was a chance that would never come my way again! After all, the bird in hand is better than the two in the bush!”