The trail of black flags is not leaving Rahul Gandhi during his campaign in UP. A group of protesters reached the site of the rally in Meerut on Thursday where the Congress and its newly found ally,Rashtriya Lok Dal,were holding their first joint meeting. But they were overpowered by supporters just in time to avoid the attention of photographers and camera crew and much before Rahul and Jayant Chaudhury had arrived on the stage. Meanwhile,Jayant Chaudharys wife Charu Singh proved to be a celebrity in her own right. She reached the venue ahead of time and decided to sit amongst the women in the crowd. Once she was spotted,shutterbugs jumped over the partitions,and themselves,to get a nice click.
The investigations into the Hindu terror cases by the National Investigation Agency is running into a roadblock as a result of key officers opting to go back to their states. At least four different cases related to Hindu terrorist organisations are likely to be without their investigating officers in a few days. Rajesh Yadav,West Bengal cadre IPS who was handling the 2006 Malegaon blast case,has requested to go back to his state. So has Arvind Negi,from Himachal Pradesh,who was handling the Modasa and 2008 Malegaon blasts. In addition,the agency has still not found an investigating officer for the Ajmer blasts case.
Not So Tweet
The Prime Ministers Offices appearance on Twitter was generally seen as a forward-looking step of the government,but it seems not all of the Prime Ministers Cabinet colleagues see it as that way. At least one Cabinet minister was of the opinion that high offices like that of the Prime Minister should avoid this kind of public interaction. He expressed the fear that the slightest mistake could turn very embarrassing under public gaze. In addition,there was this danger of tweets by the PMO being seen as policy statements.