Controversial BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on Wednesday faced social media roasting after he said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi wasn’t capable of sustaining 95-minute interview. Patra made his comments while speaking on a TV channel minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview to news agency ANI was broadcast.
Reacting to the Congress allegations that Modi’s interview to ANI was a fixed match, Patra had said, “Just imagine, 95 minutes of an interview with Rahul Gandhi. Would Rahul Gandhi have sustained 95 minutes of interview? I doubt. And I leave this to the judgement and wisdom of the people of this country.”
Patra, who has mellowed down in his tone after his party’s defeat in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, said that he had seen an interview with Sonia Gandhi by a ‘senior journalist’ in the past. “No questions being put to her. Over here, every question that one could have thought of as a common Indian, was taken up.”
No sooner his comments were reported by Janta Ka Reporter, social media users began to give him grief. One user wrote, “Will modi sustain even 1 min of genuine press conference.” User Anil Acharya tweeted, “Does Sambit Patra realize most of India is LOL-ing at the word “interview”?” User Mohit Izac wrote, “Will Modi sustain 5 minutes press conference?” User Anurag commented, “His Tweets make the BJPs survival in Danger.. Don’t ask for Press Conference.. Your Sangh parivaar will vanish.”
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Several Congress leaders had dubbed the interview a fixed match. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted: “Summary of Modiji’s ‘Monologue’ Interview:- ‘I’, ‘Me’, ‘Mine’, ‘Myself’ Country is suffering your ‘I’s & ‘Lies’!” The tweet by senior Congress leader and former cabinet minister, Anand Sharma, read, “PM Modi did not spare our people of his penchant for false promises, hollow claims and propaganda even on the New Year day. The habitual peddler of untruths and lies has signalled a nasty narrative for the 2019 election campaign.”
Patra has dumped his old aggressive self during the TV debates particularly after his party’s defeat in assembly elections. Former BJP President and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had attacked his party spokespersons without naming Patra for causing controversies with irresponsible remarks. This, according to him, had hurt the image of the BJP.
There were also reports that the BJP had sacked Patra as its spokesperson, but the party had later clarified stating that there was no truth in the social media rumour.