Mayawati¿s PR exercise

IN Media Watch Briefs | 19/12/2008

She shares a love-hate relation with the media and several party members who dared to disobey her commandment of not talking to the "presswalas" have been made to to suffer.  But all that is changing, and the BSP¿s "Behenji" has decided to make peace after all with the media. After its debacle in Delhi assembly elections, the party has roped in a PR agency to keep the media posted about the Behenji¿s journey down South.

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