CONGRESS WORKERS were surprised to hear that activist Irom Sharmila, who has decided to enter politics and contest in next year’s Assembly elections in Congress-ruled Manipur, visited poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s office in Chandigarh. Kishor, involved in the Congress campaign in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, was in Chandigarh during the visit. While the visit triggered speculation, especially in view of Sharmila’s political ambition, the reason, it seems, was quite innocuous. Apparently, one of Kishor’s team members who hails from Manipur had gone to meet Sharmila at the hotel where she was staying in Chandigarh, and Sharmila expressed a desire to meet Kishor’s young team.
A LOGO released to mark the birth centenary celebrations of BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay will be used not just for all the year-long events being planned, but also find a place in the party’s letterhead. The logo was unveiled at the party’s national council meeting in Kozhikode earlier this week. A newly designed letterhead, with the logo on the top-left corner, has been circulated to party functionaries. All office-bearers and others who use the official letter-head have been asked to use the new redesigned ones. The party hopes to make Deendayal Upadhyay a familiar household name across the country during the centenary celebrations.
WHEN POLITICIANS fight elections, journalists pursue their campaigns. But now, a different kind of trend is being observed for the Press Club of India elections. A number of WhatsApp groups, run by media managers of ministers and other political leaders, are being used to campaign for panels of candidates. The reason is simple: these WhatsApp groups have a large number of journalists. So, the appeals for votes are coming from WhatsApp groups like “MORD Media”, created by Steel Minister Birender Singh’s media in-charge, “National Media Group”, created by JD(U) leader K C Tyagi’s media advisor, “HRD and media friends”, created by an aide of Minister of State (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha, “Samvad”, created by Jharkhand Bhavan, “News”, run by BJP leader Ashwini Choubey’s media team, and “Media Friends”, created by a member of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s media team.
IN A bid to promote art and artists, Rashtrapati Bhavan has hosted several artists for its in-residence programmes, during which the artists stay and work undisturbed for a few days. For the launch of a new museum complex within its premises, Rashtrapati Bhavan has invited Mumbai-based mural artist Rouble Nagi to set up an exhibition. The exhibition, titled ‘Flamenco’, will showcase the 36-year-old artist’s recently-created sculptures and paintings. The museum is expected to be open to the public.