Anchors and their obsessions

IN Media Watch Briefs | 19/05/2016

On NDTV India Ravish Kumar was pursuing his theory  about the BJP's victory in Assam having its roots in the  RSS's pre-independence entry into that region and its presence there since then. On Zee News Sudhir Chaudhary was doing a soliloquy on the decline of the Congress. He first compared it to the extinct dodo and then suggested it was headed the same way. On India TV Rajat Sharma was giving BJP minister Mahesh Sharma a platform to talk about the BJP's splendid performance. Then he told us how the WB and TN outcomes would also benefit Narendra Modi because they keep the Congress at bay. 

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Clearly, the run to the 2019 elections is on. A journalist received a call from someone saying they were from Aajtak channel and were conducting a survey, asking whom she was going to vote for in 2019. On being told that her vote was secret, the caller assumed she wasn't going to vote for 'Modiji'. The caller, a woman, also didn't identify herself. A month or two earlier the same journalist received a call, this time from a man, asking if she was going to vote for the BSP.                 

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