I am happy to announce that Mr. Murli Deora, Who so efficiently organised centenary celebrations, is now equally efficiently putting everything back in order and restoring the city to normalcy.
I met Mr. Deora this morning as he was supervising seven engines of Bombay's fire brigade removing the Shamiana that had covered the entire Brabourne Stadium. "I had promised the citizens that I will give them back everything as it was before we took over and I am doing so," he said, looking like the prime minister had already hinted to him that he would be hinted to him that he would be made at least minister of state for tourism.
"How long do you think it will take to restore normalcy?" I asked.
"I will allow no delays," Mr. Deora said, looking whether he should accept the tourism ministry or ask for a minister of state post in the chemicals and fertiliser ministry. "Tonight there is a meeting at Varsha when several subcommittees will be formed and given charge to complete their tasks of making things as they were. I will, of course, try and do everything myself."
"What jobs will be taken up first?" I asked.
"There is no first and second in these matters, as our beloved prime minister has said," Mr. Deora said, looking like it had been suggested to him that he should take over as chairman of planning commision along with the post of deputy minister in the commerce ministry. "Each one will go about his job immediatel. Dr. Subramaniam will go directly to the racecourse to inspect that it is levelled and fresh grass grown on it so that racing can start by 1987. Mr. Darda will collect all the dry-food packets that the delegates did not eat and sell them to Pizza King and Open House. Mr. Moti Daryanani, who was in charge of protocol, will see off all the VIP guests at the airport."
"You are efficient," I said.
"When the BRCC-I machinery starts working, it works," Mr. Deora said looking like he would be taking over as minister in charge of development of human resources. "Thousands of our volunteers are being sent out on the roads to remove the party's flags, banners posters and Akbarallys' railings. I am also asking the municipal corporation to dig out and break the road dividers and restore them to their original colours. The corporation has assured me of its full co-operation."
"Anything else?" I asked.
"You can quote me as saying that I will not leave a single stone unturned," Mr. Deora said.