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Struggling to get noticed, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party is trying to use the upcoming Delhi elections to capture the imagination of people. It is learnt to be preparing for a fresh series of 'exposes' against the Delhi government from February 2. It has started an online survey inviting Delhi citizens to rate their city on various parameters and identify what they consider to be their number one problem. The party will decide the sequence of 'exposes' based on the responses it gets from this survey.
THE new toll-free number for railway catering services started by the Railway Ministry has so far received over 100 complaints, ranging from cold tea being served and bad food, to quantity of the food not being adequate enough. There have also been queries completely unrelated to the helpline, for example, for late running of trains, PNR status, cleanliness at stations etc. To make the new initiative a success and to drive home the point that this helpline number is strictly for food-related matters only, Railways has started airing jingles on radio channels and also plans to print this number on trains and stations, so that the ministry gets to know exactly how well passengers are being fed on trains.
WHILE the Congress officially refuses to comment on infighting in the BJP, maintaining that it is an internal matter of the Opposition party, Congress leaders are unable to hide their glee. As the Income Tax department turned on the heat on former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, senior Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed tweeted, "Is Yashwant Sinha using his old connections with some finance ministry officers to settle political scores with Nitin Gadkari?" Next day, he tweeted, "According to BJP, UPA was trying to malign Gadkari, but instead of fighting UPA they dumped their own president. Isn't it strange?" Ahmed followed this up with a dig at new BJP president Rajnath Singh: "History repeats itself. BJP leaders (are) trembling by the fact that Mr Rajnath Singh was BJP president during 2009 parliamentary elections."
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