The news channel was caught off guard when Barkha Dutt, famous for her role in the Niira Radia tapes, was busy delivering a paean on the first dynasty of India and its decades of glory at the Centre. When she announced a commercial break (and promised that the best of the show is yet to come), the yawning cameramen and crew may have accidentally loaded footage of Pranab Mukherjee standing by Rahul Gandhi and administering his oath.
While the prince-turned-king shivered and looked red eyed, he stuttered his way through the oath. Meanwhile, all of Congress party workers formed a congested beehive to catch a glimpse of the new descendant. Later Rahul was seen seated in Godfather style; Digvijaya Singh, Manish Tewari, Kapil Sibal, P. Chidambaram and others were seen kissing his hand as a gesture of acknowledging his autonomy and full control.
The Congress core committee is livid and has issued a notice to CBI to raid the owners of the channel. NDTV, which prides itself with the tagline “Khabar wahi jo sach dikhaye” was trolled by netizens, receiving a huge online bashing. Barkha Dutt tried convincing her Twitter followers that such videos are prepared in advance to pre-empt any unseen delays in case such an event occurs next year. But that only increased the bashing.
With years of their shared hard work done to prepare such a video gone waste, other news channels were sympathetic to NDTV for such a minor mistake. But they have moved a petition seeking pardon for NDTV to Congress first, SC second and Justice Katju third. CNN-IBN has awarded its telecast editors “The Best Indian after Gandhi” award for vigilant service, because they haven’t done such a blunder yet. India TV has invited the NDTV crew in their show Aap Ki Adaalat, to first indict and then exonerate, as always. Aaj Tak has relinquished its tag of “Sabse Tez” to NDTV and will now exclusively focus on saas-bahu recaps.
On the other side of the political spectrum, BJP was reportedly outraged over the issue as well. Its ex-president Nitin Gadkari said, “Back when was in-charge, we too had prepared a similar video in collaboration with Mahua news channel of Bihar. That video showed Rahul Baba waiting in line to congratulate our PM while I could be seen gorging on a pizza slice. ”