Friday, June 14, 2024

Congress demands apology as spokesperson Ragini Nayak accuses India TV editor Rajat Sharma of abusing her on live TV

Congress national spokesperson Ragini Nayak has accused India TV editor-in-chief Rajat Sharma of abusing her on live television.

Congress national spokesperson Ragini Nayak has accused India TV editor-in-chief Rajat Sharma of abusing her on live television.

The incident took place during a show to discuss the General Election results around 11.30 am on counting day.

“I have an objection to what Rajat-ji had said. He said that even if the Congress doubles (its seat tally), it’s not a big deal. So since the BJP spokesperson is sitting here, it must be asked today what happened to the 400-paar slogan, and the claim that the tally would automatically cross 370. What happened to all the exit polls being proven wrong?…If you are saying NDA, then you should say INDIA. Or you say ND alliance and then say INDI alliance. At least today you should not have this doublespeak,” Ragini Nayak said on live television.

“Ragini, I don’t want to argue with you much but don’t misquote what I had said. I had said that if the Congress wins 90 seats, it will be considered its victory,” replied Rajat Sharma.

“No, you had said that it’s no big deal. I was listening,” Nayak said.

Sharma then purportedly muttered under his breath: “Kya behen***”

Nayak also uploaded the video on X to prove her allegation.

Nayak said that she has complained to the Tughlak Road police station, alleging offences under IPC sections 294 and 509 and claiming that Sharma threatened legal action only to stop her from initiating criminal action over the incident.

Senior Congress leader and party media in-charge Jairam Ramesh wrote on X, “Rajat Sharma is a famous media personality. He has his own political leanings, but to use such language against a prominent spokesperson of the Congress who is a woman is unacceptable and must be strongly condemned. An unconditional apology is urgently needed in this matter.”

Meanwhile, India TV has called the allegations “absolutely false” and said it is taking legal advice for further action.

“They are malicious and defamatory and clearly constitute fake news. You have blatantly violated all limits of public decency by falsely accusing a personality of high repute. We are taking legal advice on this to take further action,” said Ritika Talwar, Legal Head of India TV.

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