It is said that Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi counts former Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew as his guru and turns to him often for advice.
But it would seem the respected Lee Kuan Yew has a rival. A former editor has, of late, been proclaiming how Rahul Gandhi and his advisers in the Congress benefit from the editor’s advice on handling the media.
It is quite evident that not all is well between the Congress and the media. The circulars from the Information and Broadcasting ministry have contributed to the tension, as did the Congress position on the opinion polls. The former editor, who until a couple of years back edited the second most successful magazine and doesn’t make a secret of his antipathy to the BJP, claims he advised the Gandhi scion that the Congress party or the government shouldn’t field any of its spokespersons on television debates about the banning of opinion polls. He asked the Congress to send sympathetic journalists to fight for the party’s cause.
And this is exactly how it transpired late last week. Not even one Congress spokesperson appeared on any of the television debates, leaving friendly senior journalists to defend the party’s line. Expected, the stock of the former editor is at an all time high.