When President Ram Nath Kovind met Rashtrapati Bhavan staff soon after assuming office, his message was to make the home of the President more accessible to the public. Accordingly, Rashtrapati Bhavan made the weekly change of guard ceremony a bi-weekly affair. The event now takes place on Saturday morning and Sunday evening. The number of people is double on Sundays, say Rashtrapati Bhavan officials.
Confident of winning Himachal Pradesh, BJP chief Amit Shah appears to have gone easy on his campaign plans. He, in fact, skipped his visit to Himachal on Monday, when he was slated to hold rallies. While Shah stayed in Delhi, it became a tricky situation for candidates in whose Assembly segments Shah was scheduled to attend rallies. Mangal Pandey, BJP in-charge for Himachal, however, saved the day by rushing Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat to fill in for Shah for those rallies. As the Assembly segments were near Uttarakhand, Rawat did manage to draw crowds for the party candidates.
Congress leaders have often accused the media of not giving them enough space or airtime and being biased towards the BJP and the government. Given this backdrop, a communication by the party high command to state units to observe November 8 as Black Day makes for interesting reading. Directing the PCCs to organise black band protests in big cities and district headquarters during the day and candlelight processions at 8 pm, it said that good publicity should be given to this programme and leaders should ensure good coverage in print and electronic media. It said that Congress leaders should also address press conferences and take part aggressively in televisions debates in the evening.