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IN Media Watch Briefs | 20/03/2017

 Is UP's new cabinet an all-caste rainbow or one dominated by ``high'' castes? Depends on whether you read  TOI or Indian Express. TOI's headline says:   `Team Yogi Mirrors Shah's Social Engineering'. Subhead: UP cabinet a balancing act of castes & allies.'  But the IE's Shyamlal Yadav in his analysis:  `How Yogi's rise might change the dynamics of UP politics' writes: `Focus on upper castes: With a Thakur as CM and a Brahmin as one of his deputies, it is clear that the BJP is not focussing on Dalits. Only two Cabinet ministers and 3 ministers of state are Dalits... Several OBC communities have no representation . It is clear that upper castes remain the BJP's main focus.''            

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video put out by the website jantakareporter shows an ANI journalist being asked by cops to remove his black jacket at the entrance to a rally in Varanasi which was to be addressed by the UP CM Yogi Adityanath and BJP President Amit Shah. Even as he refuses, pointing out there's nowhere to leave it an organiser after some argument with the cops, waves him in. The Balia SP says everyone had the instructions to see that "no one shows black cloth to Yogiji." Meaning what, black flags? Will the UP media protest? The next journalist in black may not be so favoured.                           

The ongoing battle between Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Republic Television took a new turn when he was to address a press conference in Chennai today. Mevani at first objected to the Republic journalist being present but agreed to his being there if he didn't ask any questions. The journalists initially agreed but when Mevani still insisted that the Republic journalist leave, the Chennai media decided to boycott him.                        
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