Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami on Thursday trolled BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP GVL Narasimha Rao on LIVE TV as he anchored his channel’s coverage on the results for the assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra. Contrary to exit polls, predicted by Republic TV, early trends gave a significant advantage to the Congress, which was predicted to win 12-18 seats by Goswami’s channel.
Goswami asked Rao to explain the setback to the BJP in a state, where his party leader Amit Shah had claimed to win 75 out of 90 seats in the elections. Rao said that the Election Commission website had given his party a lead of 10% vote share over the Congress. But Goswami corrected Rao on LIVE TV that it was Congress which had taken a lead of four percent in the early rounds.
Rao defended his data saying that he was watching the data on the Election Commission website. Goswami replied in a bid to mock the BJP’s MP, “Nahi aap BJP ki website dekh rahe Honge (No you must be watching the BJP website).”
GVL Narasimha Rao replied, “No I’m watching the Election Commission website.” Goswami once again replied, “No, you’re watching the BJP website.” Goswami trolling a senior BJP MP on a LIVE TV assumes significance since he’s often been viewed as a staunch supporter of the saffron party.
Goswami also appeared brutal while speaking to Zafar Sareshwala, an educationist and a known friend of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After Sareshwala questioned his exit polls, Goswami accused him of routinely changing his sides. The Republic TV founder told Sareshwala that he had stopped supporting Modi before Lok Sabha polls but started supporting the BJP again after it won a landslide in this year’s parliamentary polls. And now, Goswami added, he was praising the NCP.
Goswami’s channel had predicted 58-72 seats for the BJP in the 90-seat Haryana assembly. However, as soon as the counting began, Goswami and his pro-BJP friends in the studio were seen struggling to explain the setback.