The first-ever formal interview of its kind of the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi by news channel Times Now has created a sort of records of several types especially relating to social media.
This interview has been amongst the rare interviews
been given equal high-level importance even by competing rival media
including print and electronic, invoking provoked discussions on
various aspects covered in the interview.
Apart from controversies regarding a comparision between riots of
1984 and 2002, and of avoiding a direct debate with BJP’s Prime
Ministerial candidate Narender Modi, Rahul Gandhi
seemed confused on
the question of whether political parties should be brought under RTI
Act, when he said that judiciary and press are not under RTI.
Judiciary is already under RTI Act, and a particular section of
press can be pursued for being under RTI Act by any concerned citizen
if he so desires in case he/she is able to establish that a
particular media-group is directly or indirectly funded by the
His repeated emphasis that RTI Act being a significant achievement
of UPA government and also for establishing internal democracy in
functioning of political parties even including in respect of choice
of candidates rather require his practical approach for an
announcement for avoiding any legislation for amendment in RTI Act to
negate the CIC-verdict on political parties, in the manner he made
Union government cancel idea of bringing ordinance to negate Supreme
Court verdict on candidates with criminal background.
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