BJP’s Amit Shah has pulled it off again. The bearded lion who was at the receiving end of the electronic media for his party’s showing in Delhi has taken his revenge. And this time, he has teamed up with Congress!
BJP and Congress formed an informal alliance yesterday to pull the rug under the feet of irrepressible Arnab Goswami.
As the News Hour debate started on 13th April, Arnab popped up the question to Congress party spokesman when he asked, “Sanjay Jha, don’t you agree that BJP is appropriating the legacy of Madan Mohan Malviya ji by awarding him the Bharat Ratna?”
Sanjay Jha, another bearded one said, “I don’t think so. MMM belonged to the nation and BJP is only recognizing this fact. We have no quarrel with this.”
Arnab then turned to the representative of Bahujan Samaj Party and asked him, “Sir, don’t you think that by celebrating the 125th Birth anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar, BJP is trying to assume the legacy of Dr. Ambedkar?”
The smiling politician from BSP replied, “Celebrating someone’s anniversary doesn’t mean trying to assume someone’s legacy. We have no problems with that.”
Arnab, visibly upset at this bonhomie between the politicians then turned to the BJP spokesman Nalin Kohli and asked, “Congress is not happy with the way you people are trying to glorify Sardar Patel. Isn’t this strange? After all don’t you think that Congress did almost nothing to ensure Patel’s place in the history of India?”
A stoic looking Nalin Kohli rubbed his hand all over his shinning pate and said, “Arnab, what happened in the past is not relevant. We are working with Congress to ensure that a great statue of Sardar Patel comes up in New Delhi. In fact Mrs. Gandhi has offered to vacate 10 Janpath if the Government wanted to house the Patel statue there.”
“Ok ladies and gentlemen, let’s quickly move on the debate No 2 on Net Neutrality,” barked Arnab, “Mr Kohli, what are your views on Net Neutrality Sir?”
“Arnab, I am sorry I have to leave for now. Please speak with Sanjay Jha ji as our views are the same.”
Sanjay Jha chipped in, “Arnab, we agree on neutrality in all spheres of life. We believe in Freedom, complete freedom. Freedom for the internet. Freedom on the television from the tyranny of megalomaniac anchors.”
The Times Now has now ordered the duration of News Hour to be shortened to 15 minutes. It is being rechristened News Quarter.