Arnab Goswami, Republic TV, Times Now face public shaming for ‘fake news’ on Rahul Gandhi

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Arnab Goswami and Republic TV that he founded with the help of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar are facing public wrath for seemingly fake news on Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Also joining the public ‘hall of shame’ is Times Now, Goswami’s former channel, for the same fake news.

Arnab Goswami

This all started after Republic TV flashed a story, claiming that the Congress was mulling three seats for Rahul Gandhi in this year’s Lok Sabha polls. Its headline said, “POLITICAL SCOOP: Concerned about losing in Amethi, Congress mulling three seats for Rahul Gandhi to contest 2019 elections.”

A similar headline by Republic TV’s rival Times Now said, “Sources said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi is likely to contest the Lok Sabha Elections from Nanded in Maharashtra and Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, apart from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.”

While Republic’s headline only stated three seats being mulled by the Congress for its president, Times Now even specified those three seats, perhaps to outsmart its rival TV channel.

Soon, journalists and constitutional experts were quick to remind the two channels, often accused of pushing pro-BJP agenda, that under Section 33 (7) of The Representation Of The People Act 1951, a person cannot contest the Lok Sabha polls from three seats simultaneously. The Act says, “A person shall not be nominated as a candidate for election in the case of a general election to the House of the People (whether or not held simultaneously from all Parliamentary constituencies), from more than two Parliamentary constituencies.”

As expected, both channels and Goswami began to face brutal trolling for exposing themselves while trying to outdo each other on allegedly peddling fake news.

On Wednesday, the Congress had announced the official entry of Priyanka Gandhi in active politics after she was appointed as the AICC General Secretary for the Eastern Uttar Pradesh. 

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  1. Republic TV and Times Now are biased towards BJP agenda. Cobra post had already exposed them. So, people are well aware of their biases. They are fooling non other than their bosses.

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