Arrested journalist has Cong affiliation

IN Media Watch Briefs | 30/10/2017

Perhaps because of the accusations against him of collusion with the Congress in framing a BJP minister with a sex CD, the cries of indignation in Delhi at least over the arrest of a journalist have become rather muted.  Vinod Verma who was arrested a couple of days ago in Ghaziabad and then taken to Raipur by road says in this story that he is being framed:"It is a political conspiracy of framing me in a false case and arresting me since I am looking after the social media campaign of Congress Party in Chhattisgarh ” Verma told the  Hindustan Times.           

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ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    

Doordarshan interviewed  two BJP ministers in the afternoon about what they thought of Rahul Gandhi's speech during the no-trust motion, and why BJP MPs had felt the need to come outside Parliament and attack him. Ministers of state Ashwini Chaubey and Ram Kirpal Yadav answered at considerable length and were allowed to have their say. The reporter also asked one of them what he thought about RG's hugging the PM and he effectively snorted in disapproval. When a panel discussion began after this,  more leading questions from the news anchor about this 'jadu ki jhappi."  And more criticism followed.                        

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