Once again, during the 2023 Assembly results coverage, India Today anchor Rajdeep Sardesai and BJP IT Cell Chief Amit Malviya found themselves in a heated exchange on television during a special election show.
Malviya took a dig at Sardesai, trolling him for “stuffing his mouth with food” at a politician’s residence and riding in private jets while singing melodies for them.
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While the BJP was leading in four of the Hindi heartland states, Malviya was quick to take Sardesai to task through harsh criticism. He remarked, “Well Rajdeep, I’m always smiling. But I have advice for you. Instead of going to CM residences, stuffing your face with food and singing melodies in their private jets, if you had read the mood and reported it correctly, you wouldn’t be feeling embarrassed today.” Sardesai had asked Malviya to smile, as he said, “Today is a day for you to smile and give us a nice Amit Malviya smile.”
This isn’t the first verbal spat between Sardesai and Malviya; a similar incident had occurred during the Punjab and UP election results, when Rajdeep had referred to Malviya as a ‘troller’. He said, “He is entitled to it, as the head of the IT cell, trolling is his job, and he has to do it every day”. A similar instance happened during the Karnataka election show as well when the India Today anchor had asked Malviya to “calm down” and eat some Mysore Pak.
As the counting of votes nears its end, the BJP has secured an easy victory in three of the poll bound states, securing the Hindi heartland for the saffron party’s governance. Presently, the party has initiated its rule over Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.