After Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed PM Narendra Modi’s interview staged, he was criticized by the National Union of Journalists (India) and BJP for his remarks. Rahul Gandhi Also said that the interview was conducted by a ‘pliable journalist’.
Bhartiya Janta Party demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi, and National Union of Journalists said that it was unbecoming of the Congress president to mock the interviewer.
Smita Prakash, the journalist who conducted the interview called it a ‘cheap shot’. She tweeted:
“Dear Mr Rahul Gandhi, cheap shot at your press conference to attack me. I was asking questions not answering. You want to attack Mr Modi, go ahead but downright absurd to ridicule me. Not expected of a president of the oldest political party in the country.”
Dear Mr Rahul Gandhi, cheap shot at your press conference to attack me. I was asking questions not answering. You want to attack Mr Modi, go ahead but downright absurd to ridicule me. Not expected of a president of the oldest political party in the country.
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) 2 January 2019
During a press conference on 2nd January 2018, Rahul Gandhi told the reporters:
“He does not have the guts to come and sit in front of you. And I am coming here… you can ask me any question… I come here once in seven-ten days… and you saw the Prime Minister’s interview yesterday… matlab pliable journalist, woh question bi kar rahi thi, pradhan mantri ka answer bi de rahi thi, side mein (she was asking questions as well as giving answers).”
National Union of Journalists (India) tweeted:
Shooting the messenger!! Not done Mr @RahulGandhi, cheap stunt at your press conference to attack @smitaprakash who was asking questions not answering. Go ahead fight @narendramodi @arunjaitley @BJP4India but its unbecoming of President @INCIndia to ridicule the @ANI interviewer. pic.twitter.com/EKe7oqdRRd
— NUJIndia.org (@NUJIndiaOrg) January 2, 2019
Twitterati, however, supported the Congress president and agreed that the interview was indeed staged. While replying to Smita Prakash’s tweet, they made all kinds of statements in support of Rahul Gandhi. Take a look at some of the tweets:
Mam..did not see you cross question the PM. It was more like Maan Ki Baat with a small variation. Could not find you challenging the PM even once. Honestly I lost interest after 20 mins and I believe the program was for 95. Any ways best wishes to you for a great 2019.
— Abhay Kasbekar (@abhaykasbekar) 2 January 2019
Friendly interview is also a fixed interview. Not asking the right questions is a lost oppourtunityto serve the people! A total disgrace!
— Manuel jasper (@jasmvk) 2 January 2019
Dear Smita, cheap shot at Chaukidar interview by putting your words in his mouth as evident in video.
You want to attack @RahulGandhi, go ahead but downright absurd to ridicule Chaukidar by putting your ‘SOCH’ in his answers.
Expected from Bazaaru mediahttps://t.co/knhjUeJVRU
— Desi Bhai 🇮🇳 (@DesiPoliticks) January 3, 2019
मोहतरमा आप मोदी से सवाल पुछ रही थी या मोदी को कहानी सुनाने को कह रही थी। अगर ऐसे सवाल पुछने को पत्रकारिता कहते हैं तो भारत के हर स्कूल के पाँचवी कक्षा का विद्यार्थी पत्रकार कहलाएगा।
— Md.Rizwanuddin Khan (@MdRizwanuddinK1) 2 January 2019
Just touch your heart and listen when u were interviewing modiji u are bold and provocative or just meek and pliable?
— udaya (@udayawilde) 2 January 2019
Scripted interview. Everyone can see how you did the interview.. shame on reporters like you 😀
— Priyank Mehta #EvmHacked (@7P_Mehta) 2 January 2019
What is your take on this? Do you think the interview was scripted or do you support Rahul Gandhi? Tell us in comments!