The BJP recently came under considerable condemnation after it fielded a terror accused as its candidate from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat. While many slammed the saffron party for its decision to field Sadhvi Pragya Thakur as its candidate, BJP supporters particularly in the media moved with lightning speed to claim that Pragya had been acquitted by the court. Leading the group, who defended Pragya, was a news anchor working for Mukesh Ambani’s channel. Amish Devgan, who’s often mocked as the ‘poor man’s Arnab Goswami’, reacted angrily to Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker’s tweet condemning the BJP’s decision.
He wrote, “She is acquitted from court which was false narrative of Hindu terrorism now you don’t trust judiciary also? हिंदू कभी अक्रांता नहीं रहे इतिहास गवाह है ।टाइम पास के लिए कुछ भी न लिखे । फिर आप पड़ोसी देश में superStar बन जातें हैं। (History is a witness that a Hindu was never an aggressor. Don’t write anything for the sake of it. Then you become a superstar in the neighbouring country).”
Devgan’s tweet was in response to Bhasker’s tweet, which read, “Latest addition to our scintillating list of MP contestants: a potential terrorist.. Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya.. BJP absolutely naked in its agenda of hate and divisiveness..”
No sooner did Devgan’s tweet in defence of Pragya go viral, many quickly reminded him that he was misleading social media users with a blatant lie. While the National Investigating Agency court in December 2017 had announced that Pragya Thakur and Lt Colonel Purohit will not be tried under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 for their involvement in the Malegaon blasts, the same court had also said that Pragya could not be exonerated from conspiracy charges as ‘she was aware of the motorcycle being used for the conspiracy.’
In October 2018, almost a year after the dreaded MCOCA charges were dropped against Pragya, the NIA court charged Pragya and Purohit and seven others under the relevant sections of the UAPA, amounting to conspiracy to commit, advocate, incite or knowingly facilitate a terrorist act.
A simple research on the Bombay High Court’s bail order dated April 2017 shows that the court had agreed to grant her bail only after she claimed that she was suffering from breast cancer and was ‘unable to walk.’ A report by the Firstpost website quoted the order as saying, “Medical certificate annexed to the petition and written submissions show that appellant is suffering from breast cancer. The medical report of the Appellant indicates that she has become infirm and cannot even walk without support. The medical certificate further shows that Appellant is being given treatment in Ayurvedic hospital. In our opinion, Ayurvedic Hospital cannot give proper treatment to the Appellant, who is suffering from cancer.”
It was in this context that Devgan faced social media roasting with many mocking his journalistic credentials. Devgan, who a Congress spokesperson had famously addressed as a ‘pimp’ and a ‘broker,’ has often been mocked as the ‘low-budget Hindi version of Arnab Goswami.’ Others have ridiculed him by declaring him the ‘poor man’s Arnab Goswami’.
I wish Amish Devgan knows that he’s the low-budget hindi version of Arnab Goswami.
— Harshit (@Harshithappened) January 19, 2019
Arnab developed new shouting culture of journalism, which also followed by Amish Devgan of News 18 network
— Sharma RK (@Rajendr05983750) September 11, 2017
Amish Devgan from Zee Business is poor man’s Arnab Goswami
— Azam Khan’s buffalo (@jenaanindya) June 26, 2014
Devgan was recently in the news after he was caught peddling fake news in a bid to communalise this year’s Lok Sabha polls. This was after he had tweeted saying that Hindus were in minority in Wayanad, a parliamentary constituency in Kerala that Congress President Rahul Gandhi has chosen as his second seat after Amethi. According to the 2011 census, Hindus constitute nearly 50% of the district’s population.