In a major matter of embarrassment for ABP News, the social media site Twitter has gone abuzz with a video of portion of interview of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on 5 April 2019, allegedly cut out by the media house from its official release.
In the clip, PM Modi questions ABP News as well as other mainstream media houses over their silence when it came to questioning the ‘lies’ peddled out by opposition. The remark was in reference to Congress party’s allegation of corruption in the Rafale deal. In a stern tone, the prime minister said that he was openly accusing the media house, while the journalists seemed out of answers.
PM Modi continued blasting at the bias of the media houses, questioning ABP News for blacking out and boycotting the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's press conference in which he had listed out several facts along with sources making serious allegations against Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s acts of corruption, illicit earnings and dealings with arms dealers in convoluted land deals. Modi added that no major media house had taken up the matter despite all the material being available online for over 10 days.
In the video, Modi took to task ABP News saying that while it never questioned Gandhi on his dubious allegations and wrongful assertions over Rafale deal, the channel kept focusing on his Government despite the clean-chit by Supreme Court as well as the CAG; the French President Emmanuel Macron having spoken on the issue in support of the Government, and also the Government having laid out all the facts bare in the parliament.
In what seemed to be an unusual episode of Modi's ire in public, the allegedly cut out part from the interview is creating a furore on Twitter with a large number of users demanding explanation from ABP News.