New Delhi: In a passionate argument, Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor demanded reparation payments to be made by Times Now news channel to Rahul Gandhi for the 200 minutes interview with Arnab Goswami, held before 2014 General elections.
Putting forth his argument at the Oxfake Union he said, “Rahul Gandhi’s mental strength before the interview and after the interview showed huge difference and the decline in mental ability was apparent. Why? Simply because Rahul Gandhi had been interviewed for the benefit of Arnab Goswami and Times Now.”
“By the end of 2014 polls, the fact is that Congress party was already Arnab’s biggest cash cow, the biggest provider of TV advertisements. The channel earned revenues by showing scams, which gave Arnab an opportunity to bash Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha and thus garner TRP’s. Each TV ad cost us lakhs of rupees and we have spent billions in total for advertisements,” he added
“Let’s talk figures now. Before the interview, Rahul Gandhi used to watch Chotabheem 52 times per day. After the interview, this number fell to 22. There is a massive 87% drop in the time Rahul Gandhi spent on video games after the interview. More than 70% Congress leaders understood Rahul’s ideas and actions before the interview. Now only 26% understand and fortunately I am not one of them,” he said as he looked at the documents in his hands.
“The fact is very simple; we are not talking about reparations as a tool to empower anybody, definitely not about ‘Empowering Women’. They are a tool for you to atone, for the wrongs that have been done and I am quite prepared to accept the proposition that you can’t evaluate or put a monetary sum to the kind of horror Rahul Gandhi has suffered during those 200 minutes,” said Mr Tharoor.
“Certainly no amount of money can make good the loss. In fact, to understand the loss please listen to Rahul’s reaction after the interview. You are not going to figure out the exact amount but the principle is what matters,” he affirmed.
“As far as I am concerned, the ability to acknowledge your wrong that has been done and to simply say sorry will go to a great extent,” Mr. Tharoor concluded.
Though Times Now has not responded to Sashi Tharoor’s argument yet, nonetheless, our sources suggest that Sashi Tharoor recieved a call from Sonia Gandhi with all praises this morning.