New Delhi: Sushant Singh Rajput and the Ram temple in Ayodhya are the only issues on the nation’s agenda, if one were to go by what TV news channels focused on during prime time Tuesday night.
All news channels with many anchors travelled to Ayodhya for live coverage of the bhoomi pujan. Zee News went with a temple TV studio setting and the singing of bhajans throughout the day.
At prime time, anchor Sudhir Chaudhary discussed in depth the proposed architecture of the Ram Mandir, Aaj Tak had an “exclusive” conversation with the BJP’s Uma Bharti who snapped at the reporter for asking her why she isn’t going to the bhoomi pujan despite being present in Ayodhya. Meanwhile, Mirror Now and Republic TV focused on the latest developments in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.
Mirror Now’s Tanvi Shukla discussed the tussle between the Mumbai Police and Bihar Police over the case — who has a stronger hand and why this began in the first place.
Arvind Kumar Jain, Former DGP, UP said, “Mumbai Police has been a very cooperative and professional police and there have to be orders from the higher-ups for such a thing to happen. This has sent very wrong signals throughout the country and the dispute will only increase further.”
“The case is registered in Mumbai and so it’s the Mumbai Police who should decide if the case needs a CBI probe. The Bihar Police is unnecessarily getting involved, dancing to the tunes of politicians,” commented retired IPS officer Aftab Ahmed Khan.
With the trenchant hashtag, #WhoKilledSushant, Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami turned the lens on the death of Rajput’s former manager Disha Salian just a few days before his. “Can only a CBI probe reveal the truth about Sushant’s death?” the anchor asked.
“There has to be a deep link between Disha’s death and Sushant’s death. The truth must come out,” said DGP Bihar Gupteshwar Pandey before adding, “This is making me depressed.”
Smita Parikh, festival director, Lit-o-Fest in Mumbai, who says she’s a close friend of Sushant, chimed in: “There were bruises on his left eye, look at the condition of his leg. Where is the green cloth? Where is the belt that was broken? These are serious questions.”
“Investigation is going on and still, they have not found all the evidence that the media has found. The Mumbai Police has not even registered an FIR,” said BJP MLA Rahul Narwekar.
From Mumbai and Patna to Ayodhya.
Times Now‘s Rahul Shivshankar had an “exclusive” interview with RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy. When asked whether Modi is failing to uphold the secular pillars of India’s democracy, Gurumurthy, predictably, blamed Nehru. “The person who started the Iftar parties was none other than Nehru. He refused to give permission and even stopped Dr Rajendra Prasad from participating in the Somnath Temple’s consecration.”
“Many people want the movement to shift towards Kashi and Mathura. Should the government take legal steps?” Shivshankar asked.
“In Mathura, there is already an agreement that the mosque will not be constructed. In Kashi, the best thing is to keep the temple broken and the mosque constructed for the public view. The Muslims will see the injustice,” Gurumurthy commented.
On Zee News, Sudhir Chaudhary started the show by showing photos of the model temple and explaining its architecture. “Ram Mandir will be exactly like this when it’s ready, so start your temple visit from now on,” Chaudhary said.
“It could take around three to three-and-a-half years to complete the construction of the temple…which means that the Ram Mandir will be ready before 2024. Hence we can all expect that in 2024, we can enter the temple and seek blessings of Lord Shri Ram,” the anchor further stated enthusiastically. What he didn’t mention is that general elections are due in 2024 too…
Aaj Tak had an “exclusive” conversation with Uma Bharti who was lighting diyas on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya. Bharti, one of the most prominent faces of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, had stated last week that she won’t be present at the bhoomi pujan as she didn’t want to potentially infect others with the coronavirus.
“I don’t have a problem with this, do you have a problem? I am very happy. Clean your mind. I have myself said that I don’t want to go there. I have in fact said that don’t include more than 5-7 people. There are many people who are in Ayodhya but won’t be there at the bhoomi pujan. If you have a problem with that, why don’t you wash your face in the Saryu river and calm yourself down,” an annoyed Bharti told Aaj Tak‘s reporter, pointing her finger at him.
“Modiji being there is us being there, we have no problem not being present at all. You have the problem. We don’t consider ourselves different from Modiji,” Bharti told the reporter. Okay then.
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