The Rajya Sabha plunged into a din after BSP chief Mayawati, seconded by Azad, demanded that the PM be present during the debate.
General perception is that Congress took the lead in urging its cadre to help people outside banks, forcing the ruling party to follow suit.
Initial feedback from the ground has been that jewellers, small traders, constituting the core vote bank of the BJP, feel harassed by the demonetisation scheme.
BJP plans to attack Rawat for alleged corruption and this will be the thrust of the party campaign against the Congress.
Since the party has many contenders for the top post, it is wise not to name a candidate as this will antagonise other hopefuls.
Sources said Prime Minister Modi had suggested to his ministers that they can use the festival to reach out to the media and even talk informally to reporters.
Amit Shah who wields tremendous organisational powers, has preferred to function with a handful of office-bearers.
Upadhyay added that Kejriwal and Sisodia, along with a few other ministers, have been giving out ads for radio, newspapers and hoardings on every other issue at ahuge cost to the Delhi exchequer.
Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Kalraj Mishra and UP unit president Keshav Prasad Maurya will be present at the flagoff of each yatra while local leaders, party MPs and MLAs will join in.
Chauhan had written to the ministries of home and external affairs, asking them to stop issuing work permits to Pakistani actors as then President of the Artists’ Association.
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