Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi interacting with women journalists in New Delhi | ThePrint.in
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A confident Rahul Gandhi answered every question posed by journalists in Delhi on Tuesday evening. The questions ranged from his hug-attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his determination to keep the BJP-RSS from coming back to power.

The assertiveness of the young Congress president was a far cry from four years ago when he last gave interviews on the eve of the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Tuesday’s interaction, perhaps a virtual launch of his party’s 2019 election campaign, is also in sharp contrast to the fact that Modi hasn’t had a single press conference in all the four years that he has been in power.


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  1. The very fact our pm has not had a press conference in his entire tenure shows his fear of being conered in real time which he dislikes since he us not in control. He does not like accountability which goes against democracy people have a right to know. It’s our right to question and get answers.

  2. Ms Malhotra – being a student of political science but not affiliated to any party, I am compelled to add to my earlier comment. The UPA regime exploited greed in almost all spheres of governance, and more so in journalism fraternity so much so that a word like ‘presstitute’ had to be coined. Your use of BOLD letters, and summing it up with Modi’s indifference towards the press, reeks of that corruption. It is like shouting from the roof top to gain attention towards an episode that is trivial. And, more than that, your little piece does nothing to enhance the credibility of ‘THEPRINT’. On the contrary, it exposes the petty tricks that journalists like you practice for professional, or even (sorry to say) financially. Yes, Modi is not exactly being a true political servant by avoiding the press conferences, but did you manage to find your PM material in ‘youthful’ Mr Gandhi? And did you ask if your de facto ‘prince’ will be able to resist vanishing to undisclosed destinations after he is made India’s PM with consent of his rag-tag coalition partners?

  3. Rahul Himself feels insecured. Rahul has totally lost his balance head. Hug drama is just a cheap publicity Stunt. Some cong men in mumbai publically claim love hug is a success. what a Joke? totally Rahul is confusing his allies As on now For PM’s chair too many cooks spoil the soup.. with Rahul Without Rahul indpite of Rahul MODI is leading BJP to win thumpsup in 2019 also successfully….

  4. Very sad a PR format is shown which is Jyoti Malhotra’s plug and not directly conveying Rahul Gandhi’s words. Exclusive informal off the record event has made a joke of credible unbiased journalism.

  5. But the same raghul kept mum when republicans time snow reporters question him about his false propaganda in parliament about raffles deal

  6. Just a futile exercise…Journalist can make one win the elections ..if that happens we are in the dark world…Moreover dont opinionise about any leader who is best or worst …that shall be enough for we citizens to decide whom to select our leader. JUST GIVE NEWS NOT ANALYSIS…DEAR JOURNALISTS

  7. It should be mandatory for Prime Minister of India and Chief Ministers of the States to convene the press meet periodically. This will reduce the egoism of these personalities and make to realise that they are not above the the people. They may not have hidden agendas and governing system will become transparent. Otherwise our Republic system will become mockery and it will be a monarchy.

  8. We have come to a cross road to defend our unity and integrity of the nation . We have had enough of divisive force playing havoc with us . No more we do want driven by false propaganda and winking dreams .
    More the days go by we are needing the truth comes to clear our doubts and our concepts about running the government.And we are clear about it . It requires truthfulness ,it requires honesty from zero to hero status ,who does not have ambition to be authoritative ,no goal to play with power .
    Now ,you decide who should be able to guide us for a new india in real sense .
    We should not forget we are also part of the government we do form and we are the leaders that weave dreams of the nation.

  9. Why just comments on the interview? Second question – has Mr. Rahul Gandhi forgotten the names his mother called the present PM, or hr his sister, or other Congressmen? I am not interested in press conferences, only in work, which the present PM is doing.

  10. The eulogies have started in right earnest. One needs to appreciate the perseverance of some in the fourth estate for propping up and marketing the prince. Perhaps they are today’s equivalent of the courtiers of the royal court.

  11. The print has choreographed the transformation of Rahul ability as he has earned every instincts of being the leader of the nation the PM a projected. Facts of the matter is very recently in Singapore press interview he was mocked. To day circled with own cadres from journalist did fair . Sibal jee rightly said that congress has 160 media ,press,magazines establishment direct and in direct if their catalysts and reporter act to change the voter mind and brew desertions to Modi no one can stop Congress .It seems it now does so. Thanks . Hardly anyone change the perception created by self but he alone .

  12. Senior political figures should interact with the media on a continuing basis. One hundred is a very large group, almost unwieldy, intended to end a drought and start a series of conversations, leading up to the general election. How often we have seen a minister walk out of North Block into his waiting car, almost ignoring a group of journalists who have been waiting patiently in the sun, giving a few grudging sound bytes as the window is being rolled up. In a mature democracy, there is an essential parity between even a relatively junior journalist and a senior government functionary. No place for cloying, fawning, subservient obsequiousness that is now so often on display.

  13. This is a weak attempt to make news out of a PR exercise. Well you got your two biscuits, and felt motivated to write in BOLD. Sharing a video of his performance would have been more convincing. Till then, this should be treated as hearsay.

  14. Don’t try to defend an un defendable. U should have have should the full interview. No one will trust u. All that happens in loksabh was preplan except the winking. He is always accompanied by Jyoti fr guidance. Pl don’t try to fool the people.


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