New Delhi, June 12: As the week draws to an end, one wonders what was the most engaging point of conversation for the masses in the past seven days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five nation tour concluded this week, with India receving the backing of Switzerland, Mexico and United States for its aggressive NSG bid. The high-profile visit of Modi left some iconic moments for the nation as the US Congress was seen giving seven standing ovations to Modi during his address at the Capitol Hill. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation
While the visit of Modi brought some chest thumping moments for the BJP supporters, they were left equally embarrassed by the actions taken by censor board chief, and self-declared chamcha of PM Modi, Pahlaj Nihalani. The erstwhile filmmaker showed no remorse in breaching creative rights, and instructing the director of Udta Punjab to cut 89 crucial scenes from the movie. Although the imposition of cuts were defended with bizarre arguments, none among the BJP fan base could deny the fact that Nihalani was attempting to please his political bosses by trying to save the image of Akali Dal-BJP government in Punjab. Also Read - Anticipating Backlash, BJP Turns Off 'Dislike' Button on YouTube Channel Amid PM Modi's Address to The Nation
As the week drew to an end, it left a sense of satisfaction for those supporting the ruling dispensation as BJP emerged out to be a big gainer in the Rajya Sabha ‘Game of Thrones’. The indirect electoral contest for 57 seats saw BJP emerging out the winner with 19 parliamentarians. Meanwhile, the Congress could bag only 10 seats. Also Read - Government Working to Ensure Every Citizen Gets COVID-19 Vaccine: PM Modi in Address to Nation
Trendsetting news to expect next week
Bombay High Court is set to pronounce its order in the petition filed by Udta Punjab makers against Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Court is likely to allow the film to be released on Friday without the majority of cuts which the censor board imposed.
The BJP National Executive Meeting in Allahabad will conclude on Monday. Speculations are on whether the saffron party would take cue from its strategy in Assam and declare a chief ministerial candidate rather than going all gun blazing with the face of Prime Minister Modi.
In Uttar Pradesh, the Muslim dominated region of Kairana is turning into the next communal flashpoint. The alleged exodus of Hindu families in the 85 per cent Muslim dominated has been turned into an issue of political slugfest between the Samajwadi Party government and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The issue is expected to flare-up as the electioneering process has already begun in the state.