Devious BJP

IN Media Watch Briefs | 15/03/2017

Here  is an amazing story from the Manipur election. The editors of 8 newspapers have had FIRs filed against them because the local BJP was devious.  Ads for polling day and the day before, were only to be released after vetting by the  Election Office’s Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC). The party cleared two full page advertisements with the MCMC and then swapped the matter before releasing these to the press. Along with the swapped matter it sent the MCMC certificate for the original. And what did  the ads say? One was headlined "15 years of loot" and alleged misrule and plunder by the Congress during their three terms.                          


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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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