An anchor working for Mukesh Ambani’s channel News18 India on Sunday indirectly accused Congress President Rahul Gandhi of choosing Waynad as his second seat because Hindus were in ‘minority’ here.
Amish Devgan, who has often found himself at the receiving end by opposition politicians for his glaring biases for the BJP, wrote on Twitter, “Hindus are in minority in Wayanad. This is Rahul Gandhi’s second seat that he will be contesting from.” He ended his tweet with a hashtag #fact.
Contrary to Devgan’s attempts to add communal colour to this year’s Lok Sabha polls, the population of Wayanad stood at 8.17 lakhs, according to 2011 government census. Of them, Hindus with 4.04 lakh formed nearly 50 percent of the total population in the district.
The Muslim population was 2.34 lakh, which constituted 28.65 percent of the total number of people living here. Christians were the third largest religious group with 1.74 lakh population, forming 21.34 percent of the total number of people residing in the district.
It’s in this context that social media users slammed Devgan for deliberately playing mischief to communalise elections in his support for the BJP and the RSS.
Devgan faced plenty of flak for his mischief from social media users, who were quick to quote the population figure from the 2011 census. Many also posted an old clip from Devgan’s own programme, where Congress spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi had called the anchor in question a ‘pimp’ and ‘broker.’
Rajiv Tyagi :
Amish Devgan a "Dalal" and "Bhadwa
— Intekhab Alam (@Bhola4U) March 31, 2019
CNN-News18, another member of the News18 TV family, was recently in news after one of its flagship programmes caused outrage amongst the Muslim community because of perceived blasphemy.
CNN-NEWS18 had broadcast a programme on 1 March, claiming to unearth the properties belonging to Jaish chief Masood Azhar. During the programme, the channel had flashed images of what it said were Jaish’s terror factory. However, images being branded as ‘terror factory’ also included three of Islam’s holiest mosques, namely Mecca, Madina and Al-Aqsa. This had angered several Muslim groups with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board terming the broadcast ‘mischievous.’