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Delhi Confidential: Bigger office

Dineshwar Sharma currently operates from Patel Bhavan, near Parliament Street, but will require a bigger space so that people from Kashmir can come and meet him.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
November 3, 2017 4:01:29 am
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Dineshwar Sharma, the newly appointed special representative for dialogue in Kashmir, will soon move to a new office space in the NDCC building which earlier housed divisions of the Home Ministry and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that questioned and arrested several separatist leaders. Sharma currently operates from Patel Bhavan, near Parliament Street, but will require a bigger space so that people from Kashmir can come and meet him. While the Home Ministry was shifted to the National Stadium near India Gate, NIA vacated the NDCC building after it got its own premises on Lodhi Road. Sharma will make his first trip to Kashmir for talks next week.

Hot on Twitter

On social media, the battle for Gujarat is being fought day and night. While Divya Spandana of the Congress social media cell does not miss a chance to take a swipe at BJP leaders, the ruling party’s Amit Malviya is no laggard. As a BJP leader put it, the battle in Gujarat seems to be led from the Twitter handles of both the parties. In order to claim his party’s edge on social media, Malviya on Thursday morning tweeted that a new promotional video on the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was shared 1 lakh times on Facebook in less than 24 hours. Its Gujarati version was shared 61K times during the same period, he said.

Ramlal gets 50000

While the sudden spike in popularity of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s engagement in social media has raised eyebrows in BJP circles, another senior party leader seems to have gained in popularity on social media. Party general secretary (organisation) Ramlal last week gleefully announced that he now has more than 50,000 followers on Twitter. However, what was noticed was that he gained almost 10,000 followers in the last fortnight alone. Ramlal, who is otherwise silent and away from the media glare, has recently toured poll-bound Himachal Pradesh, meeting party office-bearers and members of civil society.

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