Arnab Goswami has often faced allegations of biases in favour of the ruling BJP particularly after he launched his Republic TV with the help of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Goswami was visibly ecstatic after his own channel predicted landslide wins for the BJP in Maharashtra and Haryana. Buoyed by hugely positive predictions for his favourite party, Goswami decided to make five predictions for the Congress. One of his predictions said that the BJP will bring down the Madhya Pradesh government headed by Chief Minister Kamal Nath after 24 October.
Goswami thundered, “The Madhya Pradesh government will fall because the BJP will find it extremely easy to make the divided Congress erode at the edges.” This was his third prediction on the show. His first prediction said that the Congress will ‘break up completely between the next three to six months.’
“Prediction two. Top Congress leaders will be quitting now one after the other not just in Maharashtra and Haryana but also in Karnataka, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.” He also predicted that the agencies controlled by the BJP government at the Centre carry out even ‘deeper investigations’ against the Nationalist Congress Party headed by Sharad Pawar.
He concluded his segment on astrology by forecasting that the year 2024 will see the first simultaneous elections in India. Holding both general and assembly elections has been one of the key demands by the BJP.
Soon after the assembly elections for Haryana and Maharashtra concluded on Monday evening, India’s TV channels moved in with lightning speed to broadcast exit polls. Not to be left behind in the game, Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami appeared on his TV screen with 17 guests. Soon, the conversation on social media was not about Republic TV predicting landslide wins for the BJP in Maharashtra and Haryana, but the number of guests hired by Goswami to hold a ‘debate’ programme around the poll predictions in the two key states.
Goswami’s channel predicted 52-63 seats for the BJP in the 90-seat Haryana assembly, while it said that the saffron party will win in the range of 142-147 seats with its ally, the Shiv Sena likely to win 83-85 seats in the 288-seat Maharashtra assembly.