BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar has severed his ties with Republic TV, which he launched with Arnab Goswami last year. He said that he had ‘taken this decision because of my recent joining of BJP and being elected as a BJP MP.’
Taking to Twitter, Chandrasekhar, attached the copy of his press statement along with a caption, “Im happy n privileged to hv been associated with @republic all these months ! I wish #Arnab n his team the very best (sic).”
His press statement said, “As you are aware, from 2006 I have been in public life as an independent MP and not a member of any political party. Since, I am now a member of the BJP, I believe it is in the best interest of Republic TV’s brand and team that I no longer serve on the board.”
— Rajeev Chandrasekhar (@rajeev_mp) April 2, 2018
Chandrasekhar, who was the NDA’s vice chairperson in Kerala during the assembly elections in 2016 and even campaigned for the BJP, wished Arnab Goswami of Republic TV and his team good luck. He wrote, “In my career as an investor and an entrepreneur, I have had the privilege of investing and building several successful brands and boards. This MediaTech investment in Republic ranks high among my many investments, and it has been a pleasure to witness first-hand the amazing journey and growth over the first year of this exciting MediaTech brand and company under the leadership of Arnab and his team.”
Although Chandrasekhar identifies himself as an independent MP, his association with the BJP-led NDA is not a secret anymore. Not too long ago, he had actively campaigned for the NDA in Kerala assembly elections in May 2016.
His ‘independence’ had also come under intense scrutiny in 2016 when an email sent by Amit Gupta, the Chief Operating Officer of Jupiter Capital, was leaked to media. Chandrasekhar owns his media ventures that includes Asianet in Kerala and Suvarna News and Kannada Prabha in Karnataka.
Chandrasekhar’s decision did not go down with Twitter users with suspecting that his step was to ensure that the media baron had ‘more power without accountability.’ While others asked about his investment that he still had in Republic TV.
Good for you. More power without accountability- just the sort of arrangement that suits you.
— Madhumita Mazumdar (@mmazumdar2014) April 2, 2018
Thts good, but what about the investment you still have in Republic TV. Till that remains, all these will look like another #jumla.
— Soumya (@Soumya_Ray) April 2, 2018
What about your investment? If you control the money you control the chanel.
— Deepak J Singh (@deepakjsingh) April 2, 2018
Good gesture! But i always thought your were a staunch BJP supporter. Wasnt it a conflict of interest earlier? If not legal, moral?
— Vivek (@vivekdk) April 2, 2018
You have resigned from the board of republic but you should also disclose your share holding in republic & prove that you have no association with their views & broadcasting patterns.
— Raghunathan tk (@raghunathtk) April 2, 2018