In the seven phase Lok Sabha Elections of 2019, three phases remain on May 6, 12 and 19 yet it seems the news channels have already jumped the gun as far as the verdict is concerned .
#May 23 is 21 days away but the sheer race for TRP’s and prime time after prime time 24X 7 lavishing praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government’s feats gives the impression that the elections are cake walk for the NDA and a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all but assured and # May 23 is just a formality.
This apprehension has arisen as one sees on channel flashing a headline : Congress Concedes Defeat ? and second one is : Gandhi’s surrender to Modi ?. This moments after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra pulled out of the possible electoral face-off with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi. Another channel so eager to see Modi back ran a prime time show #Modiwave election.
This is not all, another channel promptly displayed on screen each and every sentence of a blog written by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, mocking the opposition and lashing out at the Congress party. When so much bias on prime time , why the ban on opinion polls ?
There is no doubt a strong, stable government is a need of the hour and every nation if it wants to develop and advance further and make a niche on the world stage needs it . India is no exception. At the same time in a successful democracy a strong opposition too is the need of the hour.
Unfortunately, any opposition criticism is today seen as anti- national or speaking Pakistan’s language .
Going by the chorus on news channels everyday before #May 23 one gets the feeling that they are keen to see – Prime Minister Narendra Modi back and along with Congress mukt bharat an opposition mukt bharat is also on their agenda.
News anchors too are happy to lap up the government narrative – no development in the last 70 years with aplomb. And Acche Din has come only after 2014.
So then why wait for # May 23 verdict? . It is high time the channels declare the result since they have going by their Breaking News Fixation and Super Prime Time shows have already declared the winner.