(This post has been updated after India Today’s clarification on Rahul Gandhi’s interview.)
On May 02, 2019, Congress President Rahul Gandhi gave an exclusive interview to India Today. This was touted to be the most hard-hitting and combative interview ever’ of Rahul Gandhi.
The transcript of the interview has already been published by India Today. But, surprisingly, the video of the so called ‘hard hitting and combative’ interview has not yet been released. This raises suspicions because India Today on May 02, 2019 seemed to have already tweeted that they would telecast the interview at 6:30 PM on the same day. Here is the screenshot of India Today’s tweet that seems to have been deleted.
Disclaimer – This tweet is not available on India Today’s Twitter timeline. It appears to have been deleted. We have sourced this from internet.
Further, video evidence of India Today’s intention of telecasting the interview at 6:30 PM on May 02, 2019, has also surfaced. But the video interview is nowhere to be found.
Where is this interview of Rahul Gandhi, India Today? pic.twitter.com/xbs4I9dsir
— Chowkidar Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) May 3, 2019
So, what is the reason behind not telecasting the video interview of Rahul Gandhi? If one remembers, Congress President Rahul Gandhi gave an interview to Arnab Goswami when the latter was with Times Now just before the Lok Sabha elections of 2014. This interview became a PR disaster for the Congress President and became the subject of a social media sensation given the visibly clueless and incoherent answers of Rahul Gandhi.
Has Rahul Gandhi’s interview with India Today also met the same fate? Has Rahul forced India Today to not release the video of the interview?
After a backlash due to the non-telecast of Rahul Gandhi’s interview on social media, India Today tried to issue a clarification on the matter. Here is what India Today has tweeted.
India Today is now saying that it was a print-only interview and they don’t have any video recording of it. With such a clarification, the entire plot has only thickened. If this was a print-only interview, why was there a lapel mic on Rahul Gandhi? Why was there a tweet that asked viewers to ‘watch’ the interview? And, why was India Today TV saying ‘today at 6:30 PM’ even on its TV channel?
Interestingly, India Today in its tweet further says that Congress has recorded the interaction. This raises the question why is Congress unwilling to part with the recording of the interview if they are so confident about Rahul Gandhi’s replies.