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Rahul Gandhi’s media guidelines for Congress men irk news channels

Rahul Gandhi’s media guidelines for Congress men irk news channels

Author | Abhishek Mehrotra | Saturday, Aug 10,2013 11:19 AM

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Rahul Gandhi’s media guidelines for Congress men irk news channels

A recent spate of irrational statements by politicians of different hues has put the party leaders on alert. In a bid to refrain his partymen from making out-of-turn comments, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has mandated that only designated party spokespersons would talk to the media.

With the political scenario heating up in the country, with the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for 2014, various news channels have been inviting members of various political parties for debates on issues concerning the nation. Mostly, the politicians are contacted by the channel to appear in the debates.

Now, it is learnt that Gandhi has asked Congress General Secretary and Media In-charge Ajay Maken and his team to handle requests from guest coordinators of various news channels for Congress partymen to appear in television debates and panel discussions.

This has been done so that a positive image of the party is projected, besides getting a strong speaker, who has been properly briefed, in the panel to represent the Congress party.

While the news channels have welcomed the move as they now have to interact with a single pointsperson to invite a Congress party person. However, at the same time they may not get the person whom they actually want to invite. Media observers feel that this move would lead to measured and staid comments being given, instead of the ‘heat of the moment’ sound bytes that most channels go for.

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