Angry reactions from BJP, journalists on Rahul Gandhi’s remarks for ANI editor


Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview with ANI editor Smita Prakash a fixed match in the parliament. Outside the parliament, while speaking to reporters at the AICC headquarters, Gandhi referred to Prakash as a ‘pliable journalist.’

ANI editor

Gandhi had told reporters at the press conference, “He (Modi) does not have the guts to come and sit in front of you. And I come here. You can ask me any questions. I come here every seven-ten days. You saw the Prime Minister’s interview yesterday. I eman a pliable journalist. She was asking the questions and giving the answers too.”

His comments evoked angry reactions from journalists and BJP. Prakash herself took to Twitter and called the attack by Gandhi as a cheap shot. She wrote, “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.”

The BJP too reacted angrily and demanded an apology from Gandhi. Union Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted, “The Grandson of the ‘Emergency dictator’ displays his real DNA – attacks and intimidates an independent Editor.”

The saffron party’s national media head, Anil Baluni, was quoted by Indian Express, “Rahul Gandhi’s DNA is of Emergency. His party has a his of throttling journalism. He should apologise to the country’s journalists for his petty remarks.”

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.”

Similar reactions from several journalists on social media.

Rajdeep Sardesai wrote, “Unfortunate that @RahulGandhi described @smitaprakash as a ‘pliable’ journalist in a press conf. shooting messenger is oldest game in town. from ‘presstitutes’ to ‘news traders’ there is a coarseness in discourse.. Mr Gandhi must rise above and show us he is different to others.”

Maya Mirchandani tweeted, “Take on your opponent, Mr Gandhi, don’t shoot the messenger. And remember a time before 2014 elections when you vetted qns for interviews too. With this nastiness you prove that political leaders- across the divide have little or no respect for the media.”

Vikram Chandra commented, “The constant targeting of journalists has become a sad reality – and it’s getting worse. Needs to stop. Some of the comments made about @smitaprakash by verified accounts are obnoxious and vile.”



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