Indian Politics Round-up: December 2018

Congress prevails in Rajasthan, BJP stumbles out

In an unforeseen outcome, INC has handed another shock defeat to BJP in a state election. After coming out victorious in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh last month, India’s oldest party took the reins of Rajasthan back in their hands, thanks to a convincing win. The recent losses are seen as a worrying sign for the Amit Shah-led party with the General Elections just around the corner.

 

BJP appoints K. Subramanian as CEA ahead of Budget 2019

The ruling party has appointed Krishnamurthy Subramanian, an associate professor and executive director at IBS Hyderabad, as the new CEA for the next three years. He will be succeeding Aravind Subramanian who had left in June this year. The new appointee is seen as a perfect fit for the current government given his dislike for dynastic politics.

 

Urjit Patel resigns as RBI Governor

Urjit Patel has resigned from the post of RBI Governor stating personal reasons as the cause. However, the real reason for his resignation is speculated to be the rift between him and the BJP-led government.

 

India named as 2022 G20 Summit host

India will host delegates from all over the world at the G20 Summit in 2022. The summit was originally planned for 2021, but, upon Indian PM’s request, it has been shifted to 2022 which marks the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.

 

Supreme Court dismisses PIL for probe in Rafale Deal

The SC has ruled out the presence of anything fishy in the Rafale Deal negotiated by the Modi Goverment with France, shunning the accusations laid by Congress’s Rahul Gandhi. Earlier, Gandhi had accused BJP of negotiating a costlier deal with France and of recklessly handing out Dassault Aviation tie-up to Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence. Since the SC’s verdict, BJP politicians have bombarded Rahul Gandhi with tongue-in-cheek statements on Twitter.

 

Facebook lays out new ad rules ahead of General Elections 2019

In a bid to maintain transparency, the popular social media platform, Facebook has laid out new rules for showing political ads. If someone wants to display a political ad on the site, that person would be required to first confirm their identity and location. The advertiser would also have to dish out other important details about the parent issuer of the ad. The issuer, amount paid for the ad, targeted demographics would all be visible to the average user through the Facebook’s online Ad Library.

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