NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi’s comment that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s New Year interview was “planned” and done by a “influenced journalist” drew a sharp reply from Union Minister Arun Jaitley, who took a dig into the matter by calling him “grandon of an emergency dictator”
In tweets this morning, Arun Jaitley said: “The Grandson of the Emergency dictator’ displays his real DNA – attacks and intimidates an independent editor.”
While attacking PM Modi over the Rafale jet deal, Rahul Gandhi had referred to his exclusive interview to ANI editor Smita Prakash on January 1.
“He (Modi) does not even have the real guts to come and sit in front of you all. And I am coming here, you can ask me any question. You saw the prime minister’s interview yesterday…matlab biased journalist, she was asking questions and was even giving answers.”what kind of journalism it was, Rahul added!
The Congress president had also referred to the interview during the Rafale debate in the parliament earlier: “The nation is asking why the Prime Minister can speak for one-and-a-half hour in a staged interview and not answer fundamental questions on Rafale.”
Smita Prakash called Mr Gandhi’s comments a “cheap shot” in a tweet.
The National Union of Journalists has also protested Mr Gandhi’s comments on the ANI editor.