After SP, Congress Pulls Out Spokespersons From TV Information Debates


Taking a leaf out of the Samajwadi Get together’s (SP) e book, the Congress social gathering, on Thursday, determined that it’ll not ship its spokespersons to take part in TV Information debates. The embargo, Congress media cell chief Randeep Surjewala mentioned, will proceed for a month.

The choice by the Congress comes per week after it was routed within the Lok Sabha polls, successful an abysmal 52 seats towards the BJP’s 300+ tally. The tsunami of assist that the Lok Sabha polls witnessed for Modi’s BJP and its allies within the NDA coalition decimated the mixed Opposition, with the Congress-led UPA failing to cross the 100 seat mark, but once more for the reason that 2014 debacle.

Akhilesh Yadav’s SP had been the primary off the block from the Opposition camp to determine on not sending its representatives to take part in televised news debates. The SP had additionally disbanded its panel of spokesperson, till additional discover.

For the Congress social gathering, the state of affairs is, arguably, the worst amongst all Opposition events since its spokespersons not solely need to face prying questions on the crushing Lok Sabha defeat but additionally reply to queries on whether or not or not Rahul Gandhi has relented from his determination to step down because the social gathering president.

“The Congress has nothing to lose from this determination. It’s generally recognized now {that a} majority of the TV news channels are getting used to unfold BJP propaganda with a number of anchors taking a transparent pro-BJP, anti-Congress editorial line. Our spokespersons are hardly ever given the due alternative to talk so why ought to we humiliate ourselves by attending these debates,” a senior Congress chief informed Outlook.

“In contrast to the BJP, the Congress doesn’t consider in gagging or manipulating the media. Since we are able to’t have our views adequately represented in TV debates, it is best that we avoid them. The media is free to offer no matter spin it needs and the BJP can have all of the air time for itself,” a senior media panelist of the social gathering mentioned.

Although, in contrast to the SP, the Congress has not made any announcement on disbanding its panel of spokespersons, sources say that by the point its one-month embargo ends, the media division of the Grand Outdated Get together may see an overhaul.

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) which had met final Saturday to debate the explanations for the social gathering’s Lok Sabha ballot rout had, whereas rejecting Rahul Gandhi’s provide to resign, approved him to hold out a “full restructuring” of the organisation. Rahul has, thus far, not relented from his determination to step down as Congress chief, regardless of a lot of senior social gathering leaders and lots of of his UPA allies urging him to remain on.

Nonetheless, it’s learnt that Rahul has conveyed to Nehru-Gandhi loyalist and Congress treasurer Ahmed Patel that he’s prepared to remain on as social gathering president for a month, throughout which era the seniors should construct a consensus on who amongst them can substitute him as chief of the Grand Outdated Get together. Sources mentioned Rahul, now an MP from Wayanad after shedding his Amethi seat within the polls, has proven some curiosity in an alternate proposal offered by Patel asking him to guide the Congress within the Lok Sabha, although the social gathering is not going to qualify to stake declare for the put up of Chief of Opposition, having fallen three MPs in need of the 55-member mark required to get an LoP.

It isn’t recognized but whether or not the embargo on the social gathering’s media spokespersons will prolong past one month if the suspense on Rahul’s continuance as Congress president lasts longer. Nonetheless, a senior chief informed Outlook that if the media division is revamped, the brand new lot of panelists can be cleared by Rahul, indicating that the CWC determination to authorize him to restructure the social gathering should be underneath his consideration.


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