Within days of some senior Youth Congress
leaders in Uttar Pradesh jumping on to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) bandwagon, the Congress
has paid the party back in its own coin by inducting prominent state AAP
leaders into it. Those who recently left the Congress
to join the AAP
included former Youth Congress UP unit president Nadeem Ashraf Jaisi, who hails from the Congress’ pocket borough of Rae Bareli and is considered close to the Gandhi family. This development was quite disconcerting for the Congress, which has been working hard to revive itself under AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. On its part, the AAP
has been looking to consolidate its position in the state after its victory in Delhi. AAP leaders who joined the Congress included its national supervisor Sanjeev Kumar Singh, who moved with a large number of his supporters. Many AAP functionaries of several Eastern UP districts, including Varanasi, also joined the Congress.
New tourist hotspots in MP
The Madhya Pradesh government is planning to develop a village tourism network and promote it online. The tourism department has shortlisted 60 villages for that purpose. These villages are situated in proximity to famous tourist spots like Sanchi, Orchha, and Khajuraho. The state’s panchayat and village deployment department will develop home stays in these villages with the help of self-help groups. Some MGNREGA
funds will also be used for this. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Managing Director Faiz Ahmad Kidwai says that the scheme is getting a positive response. A few of such home stay facilities are doing well near Orchha and this has encouraged the state government.