PM New Year speech to chart note ban roadmap Congress, NCP will go solo for BMC elections
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on New Year’s eve, a day after the deadline for depositing scrapped notes expires. This will be his second television address in as many months, the first was the demonetisation announcement.
On December 31, Modi, said sources, was expected to thank the people again for bearing hardships brought in by the recall of `500 and `1,000 banknotes that triggered a cash crunch and a bitter war with the Opposition. He could also unveil a roadmap to push cashless economy.
“This fashion of reducing any talk of corruption to politics is a dangerous trap. It creates a cover for many others guilty of the same to get away with it. But, this doesn’t mean I condone corruption in politics,” Modi told India Today magazine in an interview on Thursday.
The upcoming Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections are likely to be multi-cornered. Reason: The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday said they would be going solo.
Going a step ahead, the NCP even declared its first list of 45 candidates, showing that it will not wait for alliance talks with the Congress or other like-minded parties. The party also said it will declare the rest of the candidates by next month. In response, the Mumbai Congress said it had no plans to forge an alliance with the NCP.
The decision of the two erstwhile alliance partners, who ran the state government together for 15 years, could lead to a division of their votes because both have an anti-BJP, anti-Shiv Sena voter base.