The Congress recently announced it will not send its spokespersons to TV channels for a month in the wake of the party’s humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls. This led to a comical scene on Aaj Tak TV channel on Thursday, where one of its spokespersons Rashid Alvi was taking part in a debate.
No sooner did he ‘learn’ about his party’s decision to not send its representatives to TV channels, Alvi announced that he was walking out of the debate. He was heard saying, “I didn’t know (about the boycott). I have learnt about it from your channel. I will obey the order of the Congress party. That’s why I am afraid I too am leaving your channel.”
— आज तक (@aajtak) May 30, 2019
Congress leader and party’s in-charge of media, Randeep Singh Surjewala, on Thursday announced that his party will not send any spokespersons to TV channels for at least one month. He wrote, “The Congress has decided to not send spokespersons on television debates for a month. All media channels/editors are requested to not place Congress representatives on their shows.”
.@INCIndia has decided to not send spokespersons on television debates for a month.
All media channels/editors are requested to not place Congress representatives on their shows.
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) May 30, 2019
The Congress has often come under criticism for forcing its spokespersons to digest humiliation at the hands of pro-BJP TV anchors. The Congress had in the past boycotted Arnab Goswami’s Republic, Times Now and Aaj Tak’s show anchored by Rohit Sardana. But, the party soon performed a U-turn and send many of its senior leaders to Times Now and Sardana’s shows despite having announced a boycott.