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January 4, 2024
Viksit Bharat Sankalp Raths, vans equipped with LED screens ostensibly publicising central schemes but actually promoting PM Modi, have been visiting various states across India since mid-November. Originally announced in the run up to recent state assembly elections, the Election Commission was forced to pull the plug after the Congress said this was a violation of the code of conduct for poll-bound states. Now, the vans are everywhere. In some places, the raths – a thinly disguised taxpayer funded mechanism for the BJP’s political projection – have attracted the ire of
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