Madurai. Addressing a group of firemen and volunteers at a public meeting here, Home Minister P Chidambaram issued a strongly worded statement warning the recklessly raging fire at Jaipur IOC (Indian Oil Corporation) depot of dire consequences if it didn’t die down all by itself in the next two days. Fire and smoke has been shamelessly billowing out of the IOC depot at Jaipur for the last four days even as the government has showed commendable tolerance and patience and had not done anything at all.
“We prefer to settle problems through consensual dialogues rather than corrective actions. But let the fire not take this as a sign of our indifference or incompetence, we are capable of taking on any threat and give a crushing response to any party.” Chidambaram asserted the government position and issued a 48-hour deadline for the fire to extinguish itself, failing which the government might be pushed to take some actions against the shameless flames.
Home Minister was full of praise for the IOC officials for showing admirable restraint at the time of such an unseen crisis. Apparently an ugly leakage of oil had preceded the fire at the depot, but officials kept their cool and didn’t panic to take any action even as the locals bugged them to do something. Minister announced that the depot managers and person in charge would be transferred to better cities as a reward. He likened the efforts of the officials with those in Australia who have been fighting bushfires for ages.
“Australians have a long history of being patient and persistent with bushfires, even though they are just the opposite with their rivals on cricket grounds. With the efforts of IOC officials and the local administration, now India can claim to be next to Australia in fire fighting mechanisms. We might as well beat them to gain the number one status.” Chidambaram expressed hope.
Despite these stern warnings and expressions of hope, the fire at the IOC depot in Jaipur showed no signs of relenting when reports last came in. Experts believe that the fire is calling the government’s bluff.
“Fire has been an integral part of the Indian polity as far as I know. None of the Indian leaders are capable of dousing any fire, but they are capable of igniting new ones. And when you ask them for solutions, they would say – we didn’t start the fire, it was always burning. Isn’t it? Fire has seen all this and it understands the psyche of your leaders very well. It knows that these warning don’t mean anything.” Billy Joel, a global expert on fires told Faking News.