On 30th March, a new Hindi News channel named TV9 Bharatvarsh was launched. This is the latest addition to the TV9 network under the Associated Broadcasting Company Pvt Ltd, which currently has the TV9 Telugu channel. A national conference was organised on the occasion of launch of the channel, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was invited to it. Modi delivered the keynote address at the TV9 Bharatvarsh Conclave.
Now, a video has emerged showing PM Modi talking with executives of the network, where he made such a comment which was totally unexpected for people present there. Talking to TV9 founder and CEO Ravi Prakash, Modi says, “you have filled your new channel with such people who have abuses for me in their blood”. Shocked, Ravi Prakash replies, “we are bringing change in that”. To that, Modi laughs and says “don’t do this, let the poor people live, let it continue as it is. If their soul dies, it will not be fun”. The response of the CEO shows that what Modi said was true, that the channel is indeed filled with people who hate Narendra Modi.
Now the video has gone viral on social media, with various reaction of people. Some people are pointing out how despite knowing that the channel is filled with his haters, PM Modi accepted the invitation. Those people call Modi Hitler, fascist, abuse him daily, and still he went to attend the launch event.
@narendramodi जानते थे कि जो लोग रात दिन उन्हें गालियां देते हैं, मोदी को हिटलर, तानाशाह बोलते हैं ऐसे लोगों का जमावड़ा है @TV9Bharatvarsh
फिर भी वो उनका निमंत्रण स्वीकार करके वहां जाते हैं।
प्रधानमंत्री सच में तानाशाह होते तो जाते ? https://t.co/bY8mCIETzS
— Ashok Shrivastav (@ashokshrivasta6) March 31, 2019
Alert social media users also noted that when PM Modi was making the comment, the channel’s editor Vinod Kapri was present right there, who is known for his hatred for Modi.
“यहां ऐसे-ऐसे लोग खड़े हैं, जिनके blood में हैं हमको गाली देना. ऐसा मत करो भाई, इनको जीने दो!” PM says this about @vinodkapri, while he’s standing just next to him.
Take a bow sir! कलेजे को ठंडक पड़ गई! ? pic.twitter.com/5OineBR6Ba
— Rahul Kaushik (@kaushkrahul) March 31, 2019
It has been speculated that PM Modi’s comments were directed at Kapri, who is a known fan of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, and whose hatred for Modi is out in open through his social media posts.