Sunday, April 27, 2014

Gandhis go for Modi, all guns blazing


Papers are full of election related news, campaigns, allegations and counter attacks, 'Gandhis go for Modi, all guns blazing' is the Hindustan Times headline, while the Business Standard writes 'Modi trains guns on 10, Janpath'. 'In Punjab, Sonia calls Modi model a sham' says the Tribune and the Hindu, quoting her writes ' May God please save the country from this model'. The same paper, quoting Modi says 'Why is India not able to get Dawood? Shinde's talk of nabbing the don is empty rhetoric'.
The Prime Minister upset over his half brother on joining the BJP is covered adequately by the press. Mail Today has a picture showing Narendra Modi welcoming him. Close on Sanjay Baru's damning book, PM admits his failure to control his adult stepbrother' writes the paper. But the Asian Age and Times of India show the other brother, Surjit Singh, campaigning with Congress' Amrinder Singh in Amritsar.
Ramdev's comment that Rahul Gandhi visited Dalit homes for 'honeymoon and picnic' drew a lot of flak, write many dailies. 'Ramdev apologises, FIR filed for remark' says the Statesman.
To what extent can political parties go for campaigning? Well, the Times of India shows pigeons tagged with political parties election symbols in Lucknow. 'Winged campaigners enter poll scene' writes the paper.
56 distinguished personalities who received the Padma awards figure in many dailies. 'India decorates its best' says Mail Today, as it shows Leander Paes and Ruskin Bond receiving the prestigious award.
The Pioneer reports on its front page about a NGO, which has claimed to have exposed a scam in MNREGA, where fictitious labourers have been listed and have been given job cards. And, hold your breath, the paper has a cartoon showing Sachin Tendulkar and Amitabh Bachchan as labourers with the caption 'Sachin, Dravid, Bachchan are MNREGA workers!'. Believe it or not, they are listed among the beneficiaries of MNREGA!!

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