BJP may boycott AAP in TV debates - reportedly backs out of ETV Urdu show on demonetisation (video)
BJP has reportedly decided not to debate demonetisation with AAP spokespersons.
An ETV Urdu anchor said on live show on on Wednesday that a BJP spokesperson had backed out after coming to know about the presence of an AAP member.
On the screen he left a slot empty to highlight the absence of the BJP spokesperson.
Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted about the development and said instructions had been issued to BJP spokespersons not to appear with AAP on TV debates.
An AAP media team member Vikas Yogi said he had tweeted about BJP’s decision to boycott AAP in debates on demonetisation over 10 days ago.
In these accounts, it is not clear if BJP would avoid AAP on all debates or just on the topic of demonetisation.
Media has been highlighting the human cost of demonetisation including the nearly 100 deaths that have occurred at the banks or ATMs.
BJP spokespersons have been having a tough time putting across the party point of view in the wake of persistent queues before the banks and ATMs.
On Tuesday, its prominent spokesperson Sambit Patra faced a hostile crowd in Varanasi on an Aaj Tak programme on the subject, which ended abruptly after the audience started throwing chairs.
If the reports are true, it is not clear why BJP is singling out AAP for boycott, which has been fielding a formidable line up of spokespersons. Its Mumbai member and former RBS chairman Meera Sanyal has ripped into centre’s arguments and coined perhaps the most catchy phrase to slam note ban: all cash not black and all black not cash.
Video: BJP refuses to debate AAP on ETV Urdu
BJP refuses to join TV debates with AAP spokesperson
— AAP Ka Mehta (@DaaruBaazMehta) December 21, 2016
Tweets on BJP boycotting AAP
Instructions issued to BJP spokespersons not to appear with AAP on tv debates. Not sure what the ruling majority party is scared of?
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) December 21, 2016
— Vikas Yogi (@vikaskyogi) December 21, 2016