NOW THAT it is clear that BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya is not contesting the Assembly election in Madhya Pradesh, speculation has taken a different turn. After a “fake” candidates’ list featured names of Vijayvargiya and his son Akash, who is now the party candidate from Indore-3 constituency, the senior Vijayvargiya had vehemently denied that he is contesting the polls. It triggered speculation that he is eyeing the Indore Lok Sabha constituency for 2019. Indore is currently represented by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. With two contenders for the constituency, party leadership would have to take a call, especially because Mahajan, who has been winning the seat since 1989, has crossed 75 years, party insiders said.
On the anniversary of demonetisation, the hashtag battle between ruling BJP and opposition Congress played out on Twitter. The BJP circulated designed graphics with handles like #CorruptCongressFearsDemo and claims about the rise in tax compliance by drawing correlations with a rise in filings and payers. On the other side, a heavily circulated anti-demonetisation letter by former PM Manhoman Singh made the rounds, while Congress used the hashtags #DestructionbyDemonetisation and #NotebandiKiDoosriBarsi, and Mamata Banerjee tweeted about #DarkDay. The Rajasthan Aam Aadmi Party also distributed a graphic discussing the demonetisation’s negative economic input.
To mark Jawaharlal Nehru’s 129th birth anniversary, Langa musicians from Rajasthan will perform at the Nehru Memorial Library auditorium. The cultural programme is organised by Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, which in September was asked to vacate its premises within the Teen Murti complex, after the NMML administration had said that its occupation was “without any authority of law”. The eviction order was stayed by the Delhi High Court.