Eagle-eyed Twitter users have one more trouble for Prime Minister Narendra Modi which is related to his television interview that aired on Saturday amid the ongoing national elections.
A clip from the interview that has gone viral on social media suggests that the Prime Minister was privy to the questions before the interview.
At the end of the interview with television channel News Nation, the Prime Minister is asked about his poetry and if he has managed to write a poem in the middle of a busy election season. In response, he asks for his personal files and extracts a sheaf of papers in order to read out some poems.
As he looks through them, the camera zooms in to show what appears to be a scripted question-and-answer set that matches, nearly word for word, the question asked by one of the two journalists conducting the interview.
Journalist Pratik Sinha, founder of fact-checking website AltNews, laid out the sequence of events
The Congress was also quick to react, particularly since party chief Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to give an interview with the same network – News Nation – later.
Media Shouldn’t Allow Scripted Interviews
Journalist Swati Chaturvedi said media is to blame for allowing these “fraud scripted interviews.”
This isn’t the first time PM Modi, who has never held a press conference in his five-year tenure, has faced allegations of participating in scripted interviews.
In April, the Congress called out the BJP after the ruling party denied media reports of PM Modi holding a press conference in Varanasi ahead of his filing nomination papers for Lok Sabha election.
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