Delhi Confidential: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma back in business for Congress

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With the Law Enforcement Directorate having again summoned Sonia Gandhi for questioning, Congress will line up veterans Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma on Wednesday to defend the party leader and attack the BJP government. Azad and Sharma, the prominent faces of the G23, had not spoken at press conferences at AICC headquarters since the letter from the 23 leaders surfaced in 2020. Both were apparently missing when the party staged street protests last month during Rahul Gandhi’s questioning. The two were at AICC headquarters last week when Sonia was first summoned. The two will be joined by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

Local flavor: Congress’ communications strategy saw a bit of innovation on Tuesday, the day Sonia Gandhi appeared before the ED. The party asked its deputies from various states, who had gathered to protest and were also being detained, to record short video clips in their respective languages. The videos were posted on the party’s social media accounts and shared on its WhatsApp groups. Among others, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury recorded a video in Bengali, Gaurav Gogoi in Assamese, Shaktisinh Gohil in Gujarati, Hibi Eden in Malayalam, Mukul Wasnik in Marathi, L Hanumanthaiah in Kannada and Ravneet Singh Bittu in Punjabi. MPs spoke about the government’s alleged misuse of investigative agencies and the deadlock in parliament over the opposition’s demand for a discussion on rising prices and rising GST rates.

Animation, CSR: The Center said on Tuesday that corporate spending on promoting the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign will fall under corporate social responsibility (CSR). The campaign is aimed at invoking the feeling of patriotism among the people and publicizing the tricolor flag, the Ministry of General Affairs said in a circular. “It is clarified that expenditure of CSR funds for activities related to this campaign, such as the large-scale production and supply of the national flag, awareness and amplification efforts and other related activities, are eligible for CSR activities…”, indicates the circular. .

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