“Unsubstantiated propaganda”: Congress leader slams NDTV for news on ‘resignations’ by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra


Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Saturday lashed out on NDTV for carrying ‘unsubstantiated propaganda’ about resignations of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra following humiliating election defeat in five states.

A news flash by NDTV had claimed that the Gandhis ‘will offer resignation at top Congress meet’ scheduled for Sunday. The TV channel had attributed the news to unnamed ‘sources.’

Speaking on the TV channel, NDTV representative Sunil Prabhu said, “Even though they (the Gandhis) will offer to quit, they are firm about it….we are told this time round that some will definitely welcome that Gandhis are offering to resign.”

Reacting to the NDTV story, Surjewala tweeted, “The news story of alleged resignations being carried on NDTV based on unnamed sources is completely unfair, mischievous and incorrect. It is unfair for a TV channel to carry such unsubstantiated propaganda stories emanating from imaginary sources at the instance of ruling BJP.”

The Congress suffered humiliating defeats in all five states that went to the polls recently. They were Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa. In Punjab, the party was ousted from power by Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party.

In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress could win just two seats in the 403-seat assembly as the BJP won another landslide, securing a second consecutive term for Yogi Adityanath. This despite Priyanka Gandhi’s relentless campaign in her capacity as the AICC General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress also failed to take advantage of the anti-incumbency against the BJP in three other states namely Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.