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2016-03-04T23:13:01+0530

New Delhi
Tweeting Trouble

It is not just Rajnath Singh, 64, who is having trouble with Twitter. So indeed, it seems, is Rahul Gandhi. Digvijay Singh, 69, was apparently asked by the Congress vice-president, 45, to explain why he’d only tweeted about NaMo on a certain issue when Arvind Kejriwal too was on a weak footing. A printout was produced as proof. Amused, Singh had to pull out his phone to show that his next tweet did indeed target the Delhi CM. It was now Rahul’s turn to exchange glances with his media advisor Ajay Maken. Wasn’t it party spokesman Tom Vadakkan who said on TV in 2009 that “Tweet is a very lonely man, and he needs counselling”?


Uttar Pradesh
Opening Credits

Akhilesh Yadav and his father may not see eye to eye with BSP supremo Mayawati, but when it comes to following in her footsteps, they do not lag behind. Like Mayawati, Akhilesh too rarely goes to the CMO. Yet the construction of the new CMO, kicked off by Mayawati, has been aggressively taken up by Akhilesh. Instructions have been issued to get the opulent five-storey building, said to cost Rs 400 crore, ready by December 2016, so that it can be inaugurated by Akhilesh—even if someone else gets to occupy it after the March 2017 elections.


Maharashtra
TV Signals

What could be the explanation for the sudden and loud anti-Modi posturing of two prominent media barons who earlier seemed to be  convinced that the prime minister could do no wrong? The grapevine has it that the U-turn of one of them came after an invitation to the prime minister “to have dinner with me” was promptly rebuffed by 7, Race Course Road; instead, the prime minister’s office was inclined to arrange a much shorter meeting over tea. The other media mogul is reported to have changed his stance after a media-friendly Union minister’s bid to find a corporate house to pick up stake in the flagship TV company did not materialise as promised.


Punjab
Mood-Changer

If Capt Amarinder Singh looks like a changed man, then political strategist Prashant Kishor, who advised Modi and Nitish Kumar previously, must be in the vicinity. Those close to the captain say Kishor has managed to bring about changes even Congress president Sonia Gandhi couldn’t. Amarinder is a more patient man, open to meeting party workers, and has a new and reformed staff. And unlike in the past, he wakes up early and entertains guests. What else? He’s also been heard saying, there shall be no tickets for those who make for family. Good start, isn’t it?


Overheard There are more disclosures in the pipeline about some business partners of the Gujarat CM’s daughter Anar Patel getting prize land at a pittance from the state government


 Contributed by Pritam Sengupta, Sharat Pradhan and Prarthna Gahilote

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