New Delhi : Even before Pranab Mukherjee takes oath as the President of India on Wednesday, he has set in motion changes he would like to see at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Tenali Rama has been able to access some of Mr Mukherjee’s instructions to the Presidential staff.
1. Stop subscription to all travel magazines that were started during Pratibha Patil’s stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
2. None of the travel magazines and CDs to be sold to the raddiwaala, even though they would fetch a huge amount and help bridge the revenue deficit. As a special gesture, 84 huge trunks have been bought to transport all the magazines and CDs to Pratibha Patil’s new residence in Delhi. Ms Patil has profusely thanked Mr Mukherjee for the magnanimous gesture. The material will be useful as Ms Patil plans to turn a travel writer soon.
3. Tables to play table tennis on, too have been transported to Ms Patil’s new home.
4. Mr Mukherjee also has asked the staff to tell the cable operator in the Rashtrapati Bhavan Estate area to disconnect the cookery TV channels to the President’s House. He is not interested in watching Masterchef India, he has reportedly said.
5. Bubblegum chewing has been banned in Rashtrapati Bhavan with immediate effect. It may be recalled that Mr Mukherjee had found bubblegum stuck in his office at the Finance ministry and had suspected that his room was bugged.
6. Mr Mukherjee had once expressed a desire to be reborn as the Presidential horses to his elder sister. Now he wants the horses at Raisina Hill to be given royal treatment.
7. The President-elect will move residence from 13, Talkatora Road to become the 13th President of India, after having been elected for the first time to the 13th Lok Sabha in 2004. Mr Mukherjee would encourage rationalists to tell people that `13′ is not an unlucky number.