Aaj Tak journalist faces strong protests for his derogatory tweet about Rabri Devi
Rabri Devi is wife of RJD president Lalu Prasad
PATNA: A derogatory tweet about former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi by a Hindi TV journalist has invited strong reactions from the masses and the politicians alike.
Rabri Devi, wife of jailed politician Lalu Prasad, served as the chief minister of Bihar for eight years in between July 1997 to March 2005. She is still very much active in politics and has been taking potshots at her political rivals through her Twitter handle.
But a TV journalist who works for a prominent Hindi TV news channel doesn’t appear happy with her Twitter attacks on politicians and has questioned her academic skills, inviting strong protests from various quarters.
“So, Rabri Deviji also tweets. Can anyone tell her to just spell out the word Twitter thrice,” tweeted Nishant Chaturvedi, a journalist with Aaj Tak.
However, this tweet has drawn bitter criticisms from the people with the Grand Alliance leader spitting fire over it.
“People like you tremble while coming before Rajmata…enough buttering,” tweeted RJD MP Shailesh Kumar alias Bulo Mandal.
तेरे जैसे राजमाता के सामने आते है तो कांपते है। मोदी तेरा कुछ लगता है क्या? इतना भी चाटना ठीक नहीं है रे पैसे के भूखें पत्रकारों। https://t.co/5N0lM2b6R4
— Shailesh Kumar Urf Bulo Mandal (@KumarBulo) May 2, 2019
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) president Upendra Kushwaha too expressed annoyance over it.
“Rabri Devi is the first women chief minister of Bihar and the tweet against her highlights the mentality of the BJP-sponsored media towards the women folk. Elimination of people nursing such feeling is a must in democracy,” tweeted Kushwaha.
#बिहार की पहली महिला मुख्यमंत्री श्रीमती @RabriDeviRJD जी के विरुद्ध @aajtak के संपादक की यह भावना बिहार और देश की आधी आबादी का अपमान और भाजपा पोषित मीडिया के लोगों द्वारा महिलाओं के विरुद्ध मनुवादी मानसिकता का इज़हार है।
लोकतंत्र में ऐसे विचारों के पोषकों का खात्मा अतिआवश्यक । https://t.co/D9b8PnICzb
— Upendra Kushwaha (@UpendraRLSP) May 2, 2019
Not only politicians but the common men too have strongly objected to the language of tweet by the TV journalist.
“As such, your fingers must have been chopped for this tweet,” tweeted @Pakkabihari.
Another twitterati @MdSafdarAli4 wrote, “He can’t be a journalists…he is a…”
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— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) May 2, 2019
A similar outrage had taken place when a ABP journalist Anurag Muskan termed RJD chief Lalu Prasad as “Lalua” in his live TV debate show in Bihar’s Munger district last month.
” Ye dekhiye saf taur par kah rahen hain ki pahle Bihar mein sirf lalual ki lalten jalti thi, aab bulb bhi jalata hai (It is said earlier only Lalu’s lantern would light up but now it has been replaced by bulbs,” was how Muskan had said.
His comments drew angry protests with RJD leaders and workers climbing on to the stage, questioning anchor’s daredevilry to address Lalu as ‘Lalua’ and snatching his mike.
Eventually, the show had to be cancelled. The journalist also had to extend unconditional apology though it failed to calm down protests.