The Trinamool Congress has stopped compiling a dossier, which was meant to be used during disciplinary proceedings against Mukul Roy. Roy has kept a low profile, choosing to keep the sound bytes to a minimum and attending Parliament regularly. But one thing that worked for him in particular, it seems, is his hands-off approach during the recently concluded municipal elections. It is learnt that the party feared there could be sabotage during the polls, but no such thing happened.
As the NDA government prepares to mark its one year in office later this month, the Press Information Bureau has prepared an elaborate plan, with a special focus on social media. Departmental publicity officers have been asked to explore the possibility of organising Facebook interviews and Twitter conferences with all ministers. The social media cell of the PIB will create a hashtag to be used by other media wings for success stories or news items related to the one-year anniversary. Ministers may also write blogs and articles, which will be released “exclusively to certain newspapers”.
While the government has asked its MPs and ministers to reach out to people and talk to beat reporters to disseminate its achievements in the last one year, there are certain officials who aren’t sold on the idea. When the private secretary of an economic minister was requested to take the initiative forward with the minister, he asked the concerned publicity official to explain the “utility” of such an exercise before taking it to the minister, leaving the PIB official perplexed.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani had an exceptionally busy Friday. The minister, who decided to work out of her residence instead of the ministry for the day, had 87 appointments, most of them related to party work. Irani has set aside the 15th of every month to give time to people associated with the party. The minister also paid a visit to the ministry in the evening.
Tail Or No Tail?
A month ago, PM Narendra Modi slammed the UPA during a visit to Canada and Germany. The Congress had reacted sharply, with Anand Sharma saying that from now on, party spokespersons would tail Modi when he travels abroad so they can counter him there itself. As Modi tours China, South Korea and Mongolia, many are wondering whether the Congress would stick to that plan. Sharma, meanwhile, is in South Africa and will only return by the end of next week.