The propagandist and self-proclaimed journalist Nikhil Wagle, in a video that featured his frustrated rant against PM Modi for 15 minutes has gone a step ahead form Congress leaders and even the Pakistan government in his endearment of dreaded terrorist Hafiz Saeed.
While Pakistan’s government, despite letting Hafiz Saeed run his business and terror camps on their soil, never admits internationally that they support him, Nikhil Wagle has gone ahead and claimed kinship to the LeT boss by saying he is “Hamara Apna Hafiz Saeed”.
In a 15-minute video shared on YouTube by News Click, where Wagle goes on a full-fledged rant against PM Modi, claiming that BJP is losing and Modi-Shah are failing, he proclaims that Hafiz Saeed is “Hamara Apna” (our own). Wagle’s love for Saeed can be seen in the video here from 7.40 minutes onwards.
In the video, Wagle seems to be sure that after 3-rounds of elections in the country, the BJP appears to be losing. He begins with an innovation, like most liberals bringing imaginary taxi drivers, maids, husbands and children of the maids and other such persons to propagate their political ‘predictions’, Wagle brings a ‘BJP leader’ he met recently, who, as per Wagle, has confirmed his predictions that the BJP is losing the elections badly.
The BJP leader who shall not be named, as Wagle says if his name is Publicised, Modi-Shah will throw him out of the party, has apparently stated to Wagle that BJP has fielded Sadhvi Pragya because the Pulwama-Balakot incidents did not seem to work politically for the party. We wonder whether the ‘BJP leader who shall not be named’ was someone like Shatrughan Sinha, because he has been echoing Wagle’s sentiments for a very long time, without being kicked out by Modi-Shah, before finally joining Congress.
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Wagle then rants about the media giving coverage to Sadhvi Pragya. He says that the media should not have done that. He claims that Sadhvi Pragya is a terrorist and terrorists of Hindutva should not get any media coverage. Wagle however, neglects to mention that Sadhvi Pragya was imprisoned illegally for 8 years without a charge sheet and the NIA has already stated that there is not enough evidence against her to link her to the Malegaon blasts.
Wagle also claims that in his 5-year rule, PM Modi has not spoken to media. By ‘speaking to media’, Wagle further clarifies, he means speaking to ‘journalists’ like Raveesh Kumar and Abhisar Sharma. He seems to think that the dozen or so interviews of the PM mean nothing unless the person asking questions is Raveesh ‘Koun Jaat Ho’ Kumar or Abhisar ‘headlights’ Sharma.
He also complains about PM Modi’s recent non-political interview by Akshay Kumar. He also complains that the interview was not about elections and instead PM Modi was asked questions about his life, memories, and habits instead of election-related issues, again missing the obvious fact that the interview was non-political and food habits, life, memories, and experiences are the very topics that are covered in a non-political discussion.
Wagle’s frustration is understandable. In 2017, he had tried to claim that his TV show for a Marathi news channel was stopped because of political pressure, only to be called out by a fellow journalist who had revealed that it was not political pressure but dismal TRPs that had resulted in his show’s cancellation. He has also been called out in the past for trying to spread fake news.