A month after the Congress suspended one of its Haryana leaders for appearing on Times Now, another senior functionary from poll-bound Uttar Pradesh has taken part in the channel’s debate programme, Newshour.
Not only did the ‘senior spokesperson from Uttar Pradesh’ Surendra Rajput appear on Times Now’s Newshour debate, he also thanked the channel’s editor-in-chief, Arnab Goswami, for inviting him.
More crucially, Rajput called Goswami a ‘nispaksh (neutral)’ journalist.
The debate on Wednesday night about Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s remarks denying Congress’ claims that there were surgical strikes even during Manmohan Singh’s regime.
Goswami sided with Parrikar justifying the BJP’s attempts to extract electoral mileage using surgical strikes across the LoC.
In September, the Congress party had suspended its Haryana leader, Khazan Singh, for six years because of his decision to appear on Arnab Goswami’s show on ‘unfriendly’ news channel Times Now.
On Wednesday night, Rajput may have caused more embarrassment to his party by praising Goswami, because of whom the party had chosen to punish another leader last month.
Associated with the party for over four decades, Khazan Singh had appeared on Arnab Goswami’s programme, News Hour, on Times Now channel, which the Congress’ Haryana unit has been boycotting for last six years.
On 16 September, Aam Aadmi Party too had issued an urgent advisory to its supporters, volunteers and spokespersons directing them not to appear on Times Now and Sudarshan TV, describing both as the RSS’ mouthpieces.
The AAP said that any violation of this advisory will lead to disciplinary action.