New Delhi: Prime time Monday was spoilt for choices — from NDTV 24×7′s Sonia Singh focussing on Baba Ramdev’s Coronil drug, India Today’s concern with the increase in Covid-19 cases to CNN News18’s interview with the First Vice President of Afghanistan, there was plenty to discuss.
On ABP News, anchor Rubika Liyaquat asked why the Chinese had not disengaged from the Depsang area in Ladakh. And of course, there was the continuing poll war in West Bengal, across channels, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned in Hooghly and lit into the Mamata Banerjee government.
On NDTV 24×7, anchor Sonia Singh went into the details of the Coronil ‘controversy’ surrounding the launch of the drug by Ramdev’s Patanjali, in the presence of Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, last week.
Singh said the World Health Organization asserted that the drug hadn’t been certified by them as claimed by Patanjali.
“Yet, the drug controller had gone ahead and given approval to this drug as well,” she added.
India Today’s Rahul Kanwal was concerned by the coronavirus situation in the country. “Covid fatigue might be setting in for many but the virus is clearly not tired,” he said, and also wondered if bringing in the private sector to vaccinate the public would help speed up the fight against the virus.
Kanwal added: “At least five Indian states are witnessing a surge in cases. The Maharashtra CM warned of another lockdown if Covid norms are not followed strictly.” He said Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a crucial meeting where he took stock of the vaccination process.
CNN News18’s Anand Narasimhan introduced the First Vice President of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh, saying: “He’s somebody who has always taken the right stand for his nation, Afghanistan, and its people.”
Narasimhan then asked him: “You have said that you’re also a victim of the Afghan war and that the Biden administration should rethink about withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan… don’t you think this will delay Afghanistan’s return into the mainstream?”
Saleh was at his diplomatic best: “First of all, we are very glad that President Biden’s administration has started the review process of the so-called Doha agreement which has a lot of flaws and cracks within it. They have increased their consultation with us which is also a very positive sign.”
Onto Bengal: the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Sunday issued summons to the wife of Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, in connection with an alleged case of coal pilferage and illegal mining in the state. On Zee News, anchor Aman Chopra wondered whether the Modi-Shah duo had changed the game in Bengal with this move.
He asked BJP’s Gautam Bhatia if the party was acting out of political vendetta and targeting the family of Mamata Banerjee, often referred to as a “tigress”. Bhatia replied that people would decide in the elections whether she was a tigress or a wax doll. “CBI must have enough proof to summon her family members like this. We should trust the law and the process,” he added.
TMC’s Tauseef Khan explained why his party called this an act of political vendetta — “Abhishek Banerjee had filed a defamation case in the High Court which sent a notice to the Home Minister, and that is why these summons have been sent.”
On India TV, anchor Rajat Sharma said now the dream of holding the holy Quran in one hand and operating a computer with the other is being fulfilled by the efforts of Muslim intellectuals. “Now maths, computer and science will also be taught in madrasas along with Urdu language and holy scriptures,” said Sharma.
He also discussed the rapidly increasing cases of Covid-19 in Maharashtra, due to which the city of Amaravati has to effect a complete lockdown.