BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra has challenged Congress President Rahul Gandhi to do a 95-minute interview, same way Prime Minister Narendra Modi answered questions fielded by news agency ANI on Tuesday.
Reacting to the Congress allegations that Modi’s interview to ANI was a fixed match, Patra said on India Today channel, “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.”
The Congress had held a hurriedly-called press conference on Tuesday night to respond to Modi’s interview accuse the prime minister in self promotion. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor later tweeted, “The PM’s
@ANI interview seems to have been an exercise in media management that does justice to Kissinger’s famous quip: Who has questions to my answers?!”
The PM’s @ANI interview seems to have been an exercise in media management that does justice to Kissinger’s famous quip: “Who has questions to my answers?!”
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 1, 2019
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.