Sambit Patra meeting Arnab Goswami as part of BJP’s ‘Contact for Support’ campaign leaves social media in splits

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BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra on Wednesday met Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami as part of the BJP’s ongoing campaign to seek support from prominent people from different backgrounds ahead of the next year’s Lok Sabha polls.

Taking to Twitter, Patra, a regular on Goswami’s BJP-leaning channel, wrote, “Discussed the various developmental projects of Sh @narendramodi Ji’s government with acclaimed Anchor & Editor in Chief of @republic Channel Sh Arnab Goswami ji and handed him a booklet of achievements of #48MonthsofTransformingIndia under Modi Ji’s leadership.” His tweet also carried three photos of them together.

The photos soon became a topic of intense conversation among Twitterati, who were nimble-footed in making memes of the two of the most controversial characters of the Indian politics and media industry respectively.

Funny memes aside, the photos of Goswami and Patra also elicited some serious, but a plenty of quirky comments. One user wrote, “What was the need to explain the achievements of the Modi government to Arnab. He keeps chanting Modi, Modi, anyway.” Another user Kroor Singh sarcastically wrote, “Arnab calls it his news script what you are referring as the booklet.” User Babu Sahab commented, “Wow one BJP spokesperson meets another -:)” User Komal Indian reproduced one of the photos posted by Patra and wrote, “A BJP spokesperson who appears every night on television to give illogical reasons to defend every failure of Modiji and starts raising his voice when he cannot raise his argument… The other guy is Sambit Patra..”

In February this year. both Patra and Goswami were seen addressing a “Urology Conference-Advancements in Endourology 2018” in Ahmedabad together. Both had faced plenty of public ridicule after the BJP’s spokesperson shared photo of that event from his social media account with the caption, “Addressing the “Urology Conference-Advancements in Endourology 2018” in Ahmedabad along with Editor in Chief of Republic channel Mr Arnab Goswami!”

One of the founders of Goswami’s channel Republic TV is BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, who actively campaigned for the BJP in the just-concluded Kaarnataka assembly polls. Goswami has often come under attack for his constant support to the Modi government and habit of blaming the opposition partiies even for the governance failure of the Centre.