Women journalists were ‘chosen’ to meet Rahul Gandhi based on ‘requests’, CNN-News18 journalist reveals

Last evening, Congress’ Prime Ministerial candidate Rahul Gandhi hosted women journalists where he ‘candidly’ interacted with women journalists, and even revealed how he is open to making way for TMC’s Mamata Banerjee or BSP’s Mayawati as Prime Minister if the situation arises in 2019.

While in one of the pictures, one could spot Mrinal Pande, Group Editor of Congress’ mouthpiece National Herald, Pande said the meeting held by Gandhi was ‘off the record’.

Women journalists, however, were seen fawning over the very ‘articulate’ Congress President.

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Niha works with NDTV as per her Twitter profile.

Soni is special correspondent with The Week.

Sheela Bhatt is the Editor, NewsX, and also treasurer of the Editors Guild of India.

Interestingly any recording device like a phone, camera, was prohibited in the meeting.

Soon enough, Congress sympathisers were seen defending the Crown Prince.

Curiously, a lot of celebrity journalists, especially the ones which are Congress-leaning, were missing. Neither were they visible in the picture nor they mentioned the meet with Congress President. Some even wondered where Congress found 100 journalists, let alone women journalists to attend the meet.

But apparently, there were a lot of journalists from the Economic Times.

This makes one wonder what could be the criteria for being invited to this meet.

CNN-News18’s pro-Congress journalist Pallavi Ghosh, answered our question.

She explained the list of journalists who would be invited was curated on basis of ‘beat reporting’ and some who requested to be invited. She even said some were invited to meet Rahul Gandhi because they report on gender. She even cited ‘sources’ and said more hugs are on the way.

She then even explained how none of them took selfies.

But then, if you’re not allowed to take your phone or camera or recording device, one wonders how could anyone have taken a selfie. She then fawned some more over Congress President.

But considering there is no such evidence except for the word of those 100 elites who were present there, one would never know.


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