Aaj Tak TV anchor Chitra Tripathi had to face the backlash from the protesting farmers, forcing her to flee from the site of the farmers’ protest in Muzaffarnagar. The TV anchor was seen making a quick exit as angry farmers chanted ‘Godi Media Hai Hai.’
Tripathi, a TV anchor for Aaj Tak, was in Muzaffarnagar to report on Sunday’s mahapanchayat, called by the farmers against the controversial farm laws. Little did she realise that she would have to face considerable anger for the alleged biases of her and her employer, the Indian Today group, in favour of the BJP.
मुजफ्फरनगर में आज तक की एंकर चित्रा त्रिपाठी को घेरकर 'गोदी मीडिया हाय-हाय' के नारे लगाए गए. pic.twitter.com/j3D1m4XPsU
— Ranvijay Singh (@ranvijaylive) September 5, 2021
As expected, Tripathi became a topic of intense social media conversations. There were some, who questioned India Today Group’s decision to send a woman anchor to cover such an event.
One journalist shared a video stating how Tripathi was not ill-treated by protesting farmers.
ये वीडियो उनके लिए जो किसानों को बदनाम करेंगे कि किसानों ने चित्रा त्रिपाठी से धक्का मुक्की या हिंसा की. आँख खोल के देख लें किसान बाइज़्ज़त सम्मान से विदा कर रहे हैं, सुरक्षा भी दे रहे हैं, पर ये साफ़ है कि एजेंडा नहीं चलने देंगे. pic.twitter.com/1mh9END0IH
— Shyam Meera Singh (@ShyamMeeraSingh) September 5, 2021
Aaj Talk is Hindi channel of India Topay, known for inclination to Bharat opposition & not BJP/NDA & wonder people do not know this much but targeted a woman & shows of how chivalrous are?No need to cover events of undemocratic associations & heads in democracy "चित्रा त्रिपाठी"
— Nuryanana (@nuryanana_kaush) September 5, 2021
किसान महापंचायत में “आज तक” की एंकर “चित्रा त्रिपाठी” का किसानों ने किया विरोध???????? pic.twitter.com/em5WHqk2Le
— Ashraf Hussain (@AshrafFem) September 5, 2021
गोदी से उतरते ही…. कुछ दूर चलते ही
लौटा दिया उसको घर
चित्रा त्रिपाठी घर वापस जाते हुए ???????? pic.twitter.com/kSfZCE9eyY
— Saba khan ???? ???? (@Saba__PathaN2) September 5, 2021
Aaj Tak and other TV channels have long been mocked for being Godi Media for their alleged biased coverage in favour of the BJP.
Not too long ago, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait had addressed BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra as ‘behuda’ during a recent TV debate on Aaj Tak, moderated by Tripathi.
Farmers in today’s mahapanchayat have vowed to campaign against the BJP in the next year’s assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Both states currently have BJP governments.