On April 2, 2018, news channel ABP launched a new primetime show titled ‘Masterstroke’. Famous news reporter Punya Prasun Bajpai was at the helm of the show. The main idea behind it was to discuss the real issues that affect the nation and Indian society. Bajpai is famous for his ‘no holds bar’ and fearless style of reporting. Naturally, viewers expected the same of the show ‘Masterstroke’.
The show ran in the time slot of 9 pm to 10 pm every night from Monday to Friday. But the show seems to have come to a stunning halt. ABP News is currently in major crisis mode since its Managing Editor Milind Khandekar has resigned from the channel.
Here is what Milind Khandekar tweeted announcing his departure from ABP News:
14 years & 8 days later it’s time to move on. Today was my last day as Managing Editor @abpnewstv . Thank you for being part of my journey so far.
— Milind Khandekar (@milindkhandekar) August 1, 2018
Punya Prasun Bajpai has also handed his resignation over to the channel authorities.
As per reports, the reason behind sudden resignation and withdrawal of the show is the displeasure of the Modi Govt. According to a recent coverage by team Masterstroke, an interaction that PM Modi had with farmers of Chattisgarh was a setup. The channel and the team received backlash for the same.
And now many people have started taking digs at the Modi Govt for apparently puppeteering the whole thing. Here are some jokes and memes people tweeted:
This video became the eyesore of Supreme Leader (PM Modi) and his followers.
And this was the #Masterstroke video which became eye sore for Supreme Leader and his minions. Please don’t RT if you too are a minion otherwise Supreme Leader will… Get angry 😉pic.twitter.com/6kZnEn7Vx2
— Irony Of India (@IronyOfIndia_) August 2, 2018
The Modi Govt could be torturing its minions the same as Chattisgarh farmer woman.
The minions are being tutored &paid to do the same as the lady Chandramani from Chattisgarh was tutored. This #BJP420Party runs on false &fake claims only. So our PM @narendramodi has been claiming himself of 56″ false satti all the time to make fool of the people. #DoobMaroBjp pic.twitter.com/yLfLllEshH
— A Badrur Rahman INC (@badrurrahman) August 3, 2018
This is how ABP fixed the technical glitches with its telecast.
— Mohd Faeque (@MdFaeque) August 2, 2018
Modi Govt is standing all thanks to paid media.
#ABPNews Perhaps ‘Masterstroke’ is only reserved for ‘Jumlebaazi’ & not for the press/media!
Incidentally @milindkhandekar is removed for his flagship programme “Masterstroke”.
Mera Desh Badal Raha Hai 🚩 pic.twitter.com/b3umFsKpXZ
— Desi Bhai 🇮🇳 (@DesiPoliticks) August 2, 2018
While many criticised the govt, there were many others who came to the defence of the govt. What do you think, will the Modi Govt do something like this to save face? Or are things being blown out of proportion? Tell us in comments.