Arnab Goswami has been trending on the internet in the last few days after Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav asked one of the employees from Republic TV if his boss was ‘in jail.’ Yadav’s brutal dig at Goswami was broadcast LIVE on Republic TV, which later deleted the embarrassing portion of the interview. Taking advantage of the situation, an anchor working for Goswami’s former employer, NDTV, decided to take a potshot at the Republic TV founder. Compounding Goswami’s woes, one of his ardent supporters appeared to enjoy the NDTV anchor’s dig at the controversial TV presenter by bursting into laughter.
Speaking to Republic Bharat, the Hindi TV channel of Republic Media, Yadav had left Goswami’s colleague dumbfounded by asking if his boss was in jail. This was after the Republic TV employee had asked Yadav if he would agree for an interview with Goswami on 10 March, the day the election results of UP assembly polls are expected to be announced.
Yadav had later said, “I’ve known him for so long, since his days in NDTV. He is a good journalist.”
Sharing the video of the Republic TV broadcast, NDTV anchor Sanket Upadhyay wrote on Twitter, “The VVIP anchor has some residual respect left – because of NDTV.”
The VVIP anchor has some residual respect left – because of NDTV. https://t.co/jxW4Z6xT9d
— Sanket Upadhyay (@sanket) January 13, 2022
Responding to Upadhyay’s tweet, Republic TV’s ‘political analyst’ tweeted, “Ha ha ha – mauke pr chauka.”
Sharda, who frequently appears on Republic TV as its ‘political analyst, had passionately defended Goswami when the Republic TV founder was arrested in an abetment to suicide case in November 2020. He had said, “Arnab is suffering for fighting for Freedom of Press, it’s the operation of a state that really hurts me.”
Goswami worked for NDTV as its anchor before joining Times Now. He quit Times Now in 2016 to launch his own TV channel with the help of BJP MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar.