Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who has earned accolades for his role in achieving 100% electrification in Indian villages during his sting as the power minister, was interacting with Journalist Rahul Kanwal during a session in the India Ideas Conclave organised by the India Today Group.
Goyal, during the interaction, hilariously mimicked how some journalists operate in their desperation to get some anti-Modi comments from common people in India.
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In the video clip, Goyal is seen telling that when declaring that every household in India will have an electricity connection, there are some journalists who will hunt down a consumer whose connection has been cut off because he did not pay the bills. The journalist will then badger him saying, “Modi did not give you electricity”. Even when the consumer says his connection was cut off as he did not pay the bills, the journalist will shove the mic in his face urging the person to blame Modi for not providing him electricity.
Goyal’s recital of how many journalists behave in their haste to discredit the Modi government was actually very accurate. Because there have been several such instances.
Last year, ABP News’ Punya Prasun Vajpayee had run a show where he had claimed how a female farmer in Chhattisgarh had stated that she was asked to give certain answers in an interaction with the PM. Vajpayee’s report was even quoted by Rahul Gandhi, where he had targetted the PM for wanting to hear what pleases him. In the media persons’ haste to get their required anti-Modi narrative, they had not even given the farmer a chance to explain her answer.
However, in a detailed interview with MyNation, the farmer herself had stated how she was misquoted by ABP News and her income had indeed doubled after she had shifted from conventional farming methods to fruit farming.
In another such incident, a reporter from India Today itself was caught urging and directing a group of people to be excited about Priyanka Gandhi’s appointment as the Congress General Secretary. She was heavily criticised on social media for ‘stage managing’ people and coaxing them to appear happy and ecstatic about Priyanka’s entry into politics.
Another incident that had caused hilarious reactions over social media when a journalist from India Today (again) had tried very hard to lead, fool and confuse a crowd of students in Odisha to say if Rahul Gandhi will make a good PM. However, his attempts only resulted in boos and laughter from the audience.
Goyal’s perfect enactment of how desperate journalists can become to get a suitable anti-Modi answer from common people to suit their narrative has resulted in many hilarious reactions on social media.
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Hatred for PM Modi and his government has often made many journalists and politicians peddle blatant fake news and lies. Goyal’s words were a small reminder of that.