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Rahul’s interaction with Rajan, Banerjee watched by 7.5 cr

“The interaction was live streamed on 300 Twitter handles, 500 Facebook pages and 100 YouTube channels.

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New Delhi, May 7 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with noted economists Raghuram Rajan, the former RBI chief, and Abhijit Banerjee, the Nobel Laureate, on separate ocassion pondering over the measures taken to fight the Covid-19 pandemic discussing economic strategy going way forward was viewed by massive 7.5 crore people, the party has said.

The strategy devised by the Congress social media team has earned dividend, said sources in the party’s social media team who added that there are various layers to reach out people.

Rohan Gupta who heads the Social media team of the AICC said: “Basically we have a social media setup and internal in house system we can do live leaders and supporters page this is helping us to reach all the platforms.”

The party is using all live elements on social media platforms. The event of Rahul Gandhi was streamed live on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter which is also streamed on the pages of all the prominent leaders of the state.

Rohan Gupta told IANS how they have managed to reach such a huge number.

“The interaction was live streamed on 300 Twitter handles, 500 Facebook pages and 100 YouTube channels.

“For this the party had sent a circular to all states to live stream the events. The State leaders had further asked district heads to live stream the event to get maximum traction due to independent YouTube channels live streaming it.

“It is pleasant to see that lots of independent media platforms You tube channels and FB pages, Twitter handles and volunteers have used our link to go live,” added Gupta.

The Congress has mapped its workers who are active on social media in each district and has put a team in place to counter the BJP-narrative.

Rohan Gupta said that the only to break the myth created by BJP was to take it through the social media route which has no boundaries. “For this we are working to fix the problem of the ground level social media worker,” Gupta added.

“I think the kind of traction the party is getting that people now believe that Congress was right on the pandemic and our acceptance is growing on the issue. While the Congress is talking of reality the government is doing only lip service,” said Rohan Gupta

He claimed that the Congress has surpassed the Bharatiya Janata Party in its reach on the social media handles despite BJP claiming more followers.

The party said that after the Rajan and Banerjee events got over they translated both into local languages and put small snippets to get more traction for the party. The party got good traction on the Palghar lynching and murder of Sadhus in Uttar Pradesh despite BJP going all out, said an insider.

The social media team meets everyday to devise strategy and all state heads attend the meet daily despite lockdown through video confrencing.

Rohan Gupta said that the party is totally dependent on the volunteers and no outsourcing is done. He took charge after Kannada actor Ramya quit the post.

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BKU leader accuses govt of acts to disrupt tractor rally

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A day after the protesting farmers leaders on Delhi’s Singhu border caught a person who confessed to hatching a conspiracy to disrupt the proposed tractor rally on January 26, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Saturday alleged that the Centre and the administration are the ones behind such a “conspiracy”.

The farmer leader alleged that a conspiracy has been hatched to kill four of them and create disturbances during their tractor rally. The person was later handed over to the Haryana Police.

Tikait told IANS: “The man caught from the Singhu border’s protest site was a member of the gang. Only the central government and the administration can carry out such acts.”

“The government has been saying that the tractor rally on January 26 will be violent. How do they know that it will be violent?”

“1Our movement has been quite peaceful for the last two months,” the BKU leader added.

“The apprehended man was associated with a 10-member gang. We have handed him over to the police. Which agency will interrogate him is a matter to be seen,” he said.

Tikait said, “The same people were also part of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s programme. It has now been revealed that the government is behind all such acts.”

“Where there is a mob, violence has to be forcefully created and such an action is resorted to by the administration. These gangs have been imparted training, the same people are part of the mob and commit violence. “

“We have nearly 200 volunteers deployed at various borders of Delhi who are monitoring such suspicious people. We want a peaceful protest,” the BKU leader added.

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Terror hideout busted, ammunition recovered in J&K

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A large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered after a terrorist hideout was busted by the security forces in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said.

According to details, the security forces received specific input about the presence of a terrorist hideout in a forested area in Mandi.

A joint team of the Border Security Force, police and army carried out the operation.

The hideout was busted and a large quantum of arms and ammunition was recovered including one AK-47 rifle, three AK-magazines, 82 AK rounds, three Chinese pistols, five pistol magazines, 33 rounds of pistol ammunition, four hand grenades and one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL).Searches were undergoing in the area.

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India, China to hold 9th round of talks to resolve border dispute

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Indian and Chinese militaries will hold a ninth round of talks aimed at resolving the border disputes in Eastern Ladakh after a deadlock prevailed since the last negotiations in November 2020, sources said.

The latest “Corps Commander level meet is likely to take place in the next few days, probably in a day or two”, the sources, adding contours of the dialogue were being worked out and some changes are expected.

A Ministry of External Affairs representative is likely to be part of the dialogue.

The eight round had taken place on November 6, 2020.

Though the talks ended in a deadlock, both countries agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels, and also to take forward the discussions, push for the settlement of other outstanding issues, so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

Earlier this month, Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane had said that the force is ready for a long haul along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), while hoping for an amicable solution in its nine-month-long conflict with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

“We are prepared to hold our ground where we are for as long as it takes to achieve our national goals and interest,” he had said.

On August 30, 2020, India had occupied critical mountain heights on the southern bank of the Pangong Lake like Rechin La, Rezang La, Mukpari, and Tabletop that were unmanned till now.

India has also made some deployments near Blacktop also after the Chinese tried to make a provocative military move.

Now, dominance at these 13 peaks allow India to dominate Spangur Gap under the Chinese control and also the Moldo garrison on the Chinese side.

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