BJP supporters have taken to social media expressing their outrage on a TV anchor accidentally calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recently held event as ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ programme. The programme in question was Main Bhi Chowkidar, and was organised by Modi to counter the Congress’ Chowkidar Chor Hai campaign. The mix-up by the newly launched channel T9 Bharatvarsh has left Modi supporters seething.
Although the channel’s group editor has apologised, supporters of the saffron party have continued with their outrage on social media. Taking to Twitter, a known Hindutva troll posted a clip of the broadcast and wrote, “Listen to what the anchor at @TV9Bharatvarsh says ON air about @narendramodi’s #MainBhiChowkidar program. And these guys are supposed to be ‘neutral journalists’? This woman should lose her job for peddling the Congress lies so blatantly!”
Replying to Vaidya’s tweet, the channel’s group editor, Vinod Kapri, wrote, “This is completely slip of tongue. Still , I regret and apologise on her behalf.”
This is completely slip of tongue. Still , I regret and apologise on her behalf. https://t.co/gr6OE2cFTs
— Vinod Kapri (@vinodkapri) April 1, 2019
However, Kapri’s apology did not appear to pacify them as they continued to attack the channel for deliberately mocking Modi’s Main Hoon Chowkidar event. One user Sushil Kedia wrote, “Journalism cannot remain an unbridled fiefdom of charlatans & anarchists in the name of Freedom of Speech. I want Professional Code of Conduct for Journalists by an Independent body, now.” Another user Ashim Rabha wrote, “Is she an anchor or Congress spokesperson?”
Incidentally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief guest at the launch event of the channel last week. A video of Modi expressing his displeasure on the hiring of some people who he alleged had it in their ‘blood to abuse’ him.
BJP President Amit Shah too was a guest on the channel’s launch programme, where he accused Kapri of being an adversary of the BJP.
"What did Govt do on Vadra for 4.5 yrs, why 'action' now?"
What sort of question is this @vinodkapri?
U could've asked @AmitShah about the secret of his energy/his morning rituals etc? @Smita_Sharma pl. let Amit Ji speak!
Has Shah Ji stopped anyone from speaking?#BhaktBanerjee pic.twitter.com/OsPrXnS0fF
— The DeshBhakt (@akashbanerjee) April 1, 2019