NEW YEAR’S EVE PEEVES
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he’d address the nation on New Year’s eve, partygoers weren’t the only ones spooked. BJP ministers too were asked to cancel their party plans and spread the message of demonetisation instead. Congress leaders were equally grumpy, but only because vice-president Rahul Gandhi had chosen to go abroad for New Year’s when he should have stayed on to counter Modi’s propoor announcements. Foreign jaunts, they say, are hardly in keeping with the party’s narrative of standing for the poor.