Prescient op-ed

IN Media Watch Briefs | 13/01/2018

On Jan 12, the day four judges of the Supreme Court called a press conference, lawyer Dushyant Dave published an op-ed in the Indian Express which was uncannily prescient in its timing. It was on the matter of allocation of cases to benches by the CJI which the four senior most judges spoke about to the press later in the day. Dave's article ends by saying that if the Chief Justice did not correct the course other judges must step in. And they did so just hours later!                      

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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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