New Delhi: The upcoming foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya was the focus of many channels Monday prime time. the first anniversary of the move to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir also got a look in — when channels could tear themselves away from the probe into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
On India Today, anchor Rajdeep Sardesai interviewed former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter, Iltija Mufti, who said, “ This is not about Muftis or Abdullahs, the BJP is deliberately pushing that narrative. They want to take focus away from the fact that what they have done here is blatantly illegal…”
Sardesai tried getting a word in, but the younger Mufti was unstoppable on the subject of the impact of the move on J&K. Sardesai finally managed to ask, “Do you see any light at the end of this dark tunnel for your family and dare I say…for the Kashmir valley?”
Mufti responded by saying that the troop deployment in the region was too heavy and asked, “Are they going to use troops to curb dissent?” Sardesai replied, “There is dissent and then there is terrorist activity.” It didn’t seem like this conversation was going anywhere…
On NDTV 24×7, anchor Sreenivasan Jain debated ‘End of 370 = End of terror: Fact or Fiction’. Former union minister Saifuddin Soz, who alleges he is under confinement, despite the government’s denials, said, “The Central government has no relationship, no consultation with mainstream Kashmir… I say mainstream Kashmir as let us leave other elements aside.”
Jain asked BJP leader Brigadier Anil Gupta (Retd) what threat did Professor Soz pose? Brigadier Gupta declared, “Saifuddin Soz should counter in the Supreme Court, say that he’s not a free man.” He added that he believed the Government of India’s version that Soz was a free man and was not under house arrest. Soz reasserted that he was indeed under house arrest. Curiouser and curiouser.
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Meanwhile, anchor Sumit Awasthi on ABP News took viewers to Ayodhya, claiming that the channel had prepared an near-accurate 3D graphic model of the proposed opulent Ram temple. “We are going to take you on a virtual tour of the ‘Bhavya Ram Mandir’, which we have created after getting all inputs from the experts,” Awasthi proclaimed.
He then went on to share all the technical details as well as measurements of the temple, “When the temple will be built after three or four years, it is going to look exactly the same,” he said. Mandir wahin banega to Mandir waise hi banega.
Deepak Chaurasia on News Nation took a different approach to the bhoomi pujan and discussed whether the Congress was in trouble due to Digvijaya Singh’s statement that this is not the right time to hold the event and called for deferring it.
The BJP’s Sudhanshu Trivedi said that Singh’s sudden interest in ‘muhurat‘ exposes the hypocrisy of the Congress, the same party that protested against the death of rationalists MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare.
And the Sushant saga continued on CNN News 18‘s ‘News Epicentre’ with Marya Shakil. Speaking to DGP Bihar Gupteshwar Pandey, Shakil asked, “How do you plan on finding answers?” To which he waffled, “ We are also taking legal advice on how to about it, my IG has already written a protest letter to the BMC chief. What they did to my officer is illegal.” He was referring to the fact that a Bihar Police officer was quarantined upon arrival in Mumbai.