NEW YEAR’S EVE PEEVES

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

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.

Illustration by ANUP RAY

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