Ads or decisions, it’s Pinarayi Vijayan govt
OVER ITS first 100 days, the LDF government in Kerala has been markedly different from its LDF and UDF predecessors in at least one aspect — it is being identified with one leader. From government advertisements to policy decisions to the budget speech, it has been been the “Vijayan government” to such an extent that critics have said Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister, is duplicating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s style of functioning. The comparisons became all the sharper Thursday when Vijayan addressed people on radio, similar to the Prime Minister’s Mann Ki Baat. Describing the achievements of his government in 100 days, he called for a fight against attempts to create social conflict. Read more here.
West Bengal: Bolder yet quieter, her ambitions now higher
When the Trinamool Congress first came to power in 2011, the mandate was against the Left. This time, the sweep was for incumbent Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. And the guests at her swearing-in nearly 100 days ago — from Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad to Farooq Abdullah — showed her ambitions are now national. In this regime, Mamata has looked more confident, if quieter — something that has helped prevent controversies. For instance, after the Park Street gangrape she had issued statements about the victim which drew widespread criticism, but this time a similar incident in Salt Lake hasn’t drawn a statement. Read more here.
Assam: Infiltration to poaching, a lot of promises to keep
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal knows he has many promises to keep. “The people have a lot of expectations of our government,” he said, as he completed 100 days in government. Hailed by many as jatiya nayak or national hero when his petition led to the Supreme Court striking down the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act in 2005, Sonowal came to power on the back of three promises — of protecting jati (identity of indigenous people), mati (land) and bheti (homestead) from floods and erosion. Read more here.
Tamil Nadu: Familiar populist moves but new challenges against a louder Opposition
Like her previous governments, J Jayalalithaa’s new regime is being lauded for its announcements of social welfare schemes and being blamed for worsening law and order. What has been different is a relatively powerful Opposition, which often clashes directly with the ruling benches. Also, Jayalalithaa has suspended former chief secretary K Gnanadesikan and half a dozen senior IAS officers. It is not yet clear what has soured relations between the government and the top bureaucracy. Read more here.