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‘Will Gandhis apologise for Emergency?’ News Nation asks. Mirror Now on Sasikala political exit

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.

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New Delhi: On Aaj Tak, anchor Anjana Om Kashyap wondered if Income Tax department raids on film personalities Anurag Kashyap and Tapsee Pannu’s properties are “revenge” for supporting the farmers’ agitation, while News Nation’s Deepak Chaurasia asked if the Gandhi family should publicly apologise for Emergency.

Mirror Now shed light on Sasikala’s exit from politics as Times Now discussed the Delhi municipal election results.

Former AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala announced Wednesday she was quitting politics, just weeks ahead of the Tamil Nadu assembly elections. In a letter, she urged cadres to stay united and work hard to reinstate the “golden rule” of late party supremo Jayalalithaa. Mirror Now discussed what this shift means for Tamil Nadu politics.

“This is a major victory for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami. The content of Sasikala’s statement of quitting politics is to defeat DMK, the two-page letter is a setback for DMK and a major boost for AIADMK,” said political analyst R Rajagopalan.

AIADMK’s Kovai Sathyan turned witty — “We were never threatened by V.K. Sasikala, why should we feel relieved? I am surprised that everyone is saying she has quit politics, when was she in politics?”

Also read: Emergency was a mistake, my grandmother said as much, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had said in a recent interview that what is happening in India, currently, is “fundamentally different” from the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi, adding that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was trying to capture independent institutions. News X discussed Rahul’s comments.

“This is a line of thought that the opposition is going to be following in the coming assembly elections,” said Priya Sahgal, Senior Executive Editor, ITV.

“The moment you try to speak against the government, you’re either branded as anti-national or a terrorist,” advocate and Congress spokesperson Aman Panwar argued.

BJP’s Tuhin Sinha said, “’Whatever Rahul Gandhi said yesterday was a desperate move to save face because Congress very clearly faces an existential crisis at this point of time.”

Meanwhile, Times Now discussed Delhi’s civic polls where AAP won four wards, Congress one and BJP zero. “Delhi is a complex city (with) a complex governance. People have voted very smartly and differently in different elections. Just reading the results of five wards is political naivety,” said author Shantanu Gupta.

AAP spokesperson Reena Gupta argued, “The MCD poll results are a sign of the good governance of the AAP government. People of Delhi have seen how the government has transformed the hospitals, education and infrastructure in the national capital.”

On Aaj Tak, anchor Anjana Om Kashyap discussed the Income Tax raids on actor Tapsee Pannu and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s properties Wednesday.

“Whether it’s the opposition or the farmers union — everyone is saying that you are taking revenge on those supporting the farmers cause,” Kashyap asked BJP’s Ram Kadam.

“IT raids are done after paperwork and homework. Only after they find discrepancies, they raid — the whole country knows that.  But now politics has taken such a turn that when Kangana Ranaut’s office is attacked, then Congress and Shiv Sena support it,” Kadam told Kashyap.

“Income tax and CBI are their own agencies not Pakistani agencies. But look at the behaviour of Maharashtra and Bengal governments — they have stopped CBI from performing their duties in these states so now the CBI officers have no work there. Whenever government agencies do something, they call it political vendetta,” Kadam added.

Anchor Deepak Chaurasia on News Nation also discussed Rahul Gandhi’s comment on Emergency. Rahul had termed the Emergency a “mistake”.

The anchor asked, “Will the Gandhi family publicly apologise for the Emergency?” The channel played Indira Gandhi’s speech announcing the Emergency.

“For their own political benefit, members of the Congress party are now saying things like — “it was a mistake” “it was wrong”,” the anchor said.

“Emergency came forth due to compulsive situations but after that people punished us. However, the same people again voted Indira Gandhi to power,” said Harish Rawat, former Uttarakhand chief minister and Congress leader.

“That was an announced Emergency but today’s Emergency is unannounced,” Rawat said. “You tell us — aren’t voices suppressed today? All of this is being done in the name of democracy. This unannounced Emergency is far more harmful,” he added.

Also read: Rahul Gandhi’s statement on Emergency ‘laughable’, says Prakash Javadekar


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