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The address is expected at 7:30 in the evening.

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December 29, 2016: As the 50-day period for depositing the demonetized notes is expiring on 30th December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address the nation on New Year’s Eve through Doordarshan.

Though it is not clear what the speech will be about, speculation is that he might speak on the economy problems after the demonetization was announced.

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On November 8, prime Minister announced to demonetize Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes to curb the black money generation and fake currency. The decision had a deep impact on the economy and lives of the people. It resulted in a major cash crunch as demonetization affected the 86 percent of the currency.

The RBI was not prepared and the government was not able to deal with the situation as the printing of replacement currency of Rs. 2000 notes and the new Rs. 500 notes was slow and was not able to meet the rising demand. Moreover, frequent changing of rules regarding the cash withdrawal and deposit has made the public more confuse.

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For the past few weeks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been urging people in the public meetings to bear the pain and has assured that once the 50-day period is over; the situation would start easing gradually.

On Tuesday, Modi met economists at a meeting in Niti Aayog to discuss the present economic condition of the nation.

Heading the government’s campaign on demonetization, Narendra Modi has a packed schedule in 2017. On January 2, he will be in Lucknow and then visit Patna on January 5. Though he has official engagements, but he is most likely to give a push to the cashless economy.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons
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NEW DELHI: Indian being a political democratic country, houses a lot of political parties. Since independence, many new parties have emerged to take up the fight for various sections of the society. One of the examples of such a party is AAP (Aam Admi Party). AAP came up with strong political ethics to root out issues faced by a commons man but now the very existence of this party is in question due to poor performance and incompetence of some of its top leaders. But the most prominent of all of the political parties in India are BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) and the Indian National Congress.

BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons
BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons

In 1980, BJP surfaced from a former party known as Bharatiya Jana Sangh which was founded by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. BJP’s agenda during the 1980s focused on the ‘Ram Janambhoomi movement’. The party encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. This issue gave the Hindu colour denomination to BJP and in 1996; it emerged as the largest party in the parliament. After being kept away from the power for long, Narendra Modi led the BJP to unprecedented heights in the last elections and the competition was put up by him was unmatchable.

On the other hand, Congress is a more matured political party of India. It got established in the year 1885. After the independence, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Nehru was the front face of the political governance in India but after his assassination, his daughter Indira Gandhi took the charge and became the prime minister in 1966. Unfortunately, Indira Gandhi also got assassinated and her son, Rajiv Gandhi took up the reigns of the party. In the sequence of assassination, Rajiv Gandhi was the next target. Sonia Gandhi came to power in 1998 and she led the party from the front in 2004 elections. This resulted in the political rule of Congress under Manmohan Singh.

After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons
After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons

The recent Assembly election of Gujarat was a real eye-opener for many, as the people’s right to vote was seen quite considerably y exercised. The Congress resistance in the very own fortress of Narendra Modi was a heavy blow to the Modi wave that swept the country. Although, BJP had the last laugh in the election results but the close fight Syama Prasad Mookerjee from the Congress side was appreciable. The new trend seems to be rebalancing the political scenario in India. The tussle between the BJP and Congress will definitely go down in the history of Indian politics.

Nowadays, Twitter is another playground for political parties. The rule of social media platforms has pushed Indian leaders to communicate in the same manner. It’s vividly seen that people take up to twitter to express their views and differences. Rahul Gandhi vetted his displeasure over the performance of BJP in the latest series of attacks by Rahul against Prime Minister Modi.

Last month only, Rahul Gandhi was crowned as the party head. Therefore, the state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul to prove his mettle as a leader. It will be interesting to see the new strategies that will be deployed by Congress to take an edge over their arch rivals, BJP.