Rajdeep Sardesai, first off the blocks to spread fake news that a farmer was fatally shot at by the Delhi Police, was recently parachuted to West Bengal to interview the state’s embattled Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. In what was supposed to be an image repairer for Mamata with a ‘friendly’ journalist has turned out to be unintentionally hilarious as from Amit Shah’s secret WhatsApp groups to loyalty for Kejriwal — the interview had it all.
Blaming the Central government for the Republic Day violence which was down “intelligence failure,” according to Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal CM steadfastly disagreed that the violence has discredited the farmers’ protests in her interview with India Today TV Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai. She even sent a message to the Centre, via her interview that she is with the Sikh farmers and the govt must listen to what MK Stalin, Uddhav Thackeray, and Kejriwal (who all are with her) have to say.
Mamata, who then proceeded to urge the Modi government to repeal the new farm laws, made a bizarre claim which left the viewers in splits. “Amit Shah, my Bhaiya, said he had 51 lakh WhatsApp groups, so they can spread anything to discredit the farmers. The media has been purchased by the government,” she said.
Unsurprisingly, Mamata then parroted the propaganda that the man who hoisted the Nishan Sahib flag was associated with the BJP. “I don’t believe they have hoisted the flag. The guy who did it, his photo is there with Amit Shah. He is very familiar with BJP,” said the West Bengal Chief Minister.
Apart from the age-old whining of Mamata over Centre ‘capturing’ all the power of the state government, she attempted to clarify what happened on Parakram Diwas with little avail as she yet again retreated that, “Jai Shri Ram” is a political slogan.
It is pertinent to note that Mamata’s Trinamool Congress has moved a motion in the West Bengal Assembly to censure the chant of “Jai Shri Ram”.
Making a mockery of irony, Mamata also said that she wants the West Bengal Assembly elections to be free, fair and peaceful. “I don’t want the rioting, murders and violence that BJP does,” he said.
Even Rajdeep Sardesai, an important cog of the Lutyen’s media, couldn’t help salvage Mamata’s rapidly deteriorating image as she stumbles from one blunder to another. At the time of the writing, it was being reported that Rajdeep has been temporarily been taken off-air and faces a one-month salary cut. If the reports are indeed true and he will subsequently quit India Today, and he can take solace by bowing out by making his viewers laugh through his unintentionally hilarious interview of Mamata Banerjee.