New Delhi : Extremely annoyed by Times Now’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami `interrogating’ him on live television over the death of a political activist, Omar Abdullah has done a `Nayak’ to Arnab. He has offered that Goswami become the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir for a day and prove he can administer the state better than him.
Abdullah tweeted that he was forced to take this extreme step, fed up with Arnab’s belligerent tone and allegations, that have been described by some senior journalists as bordering on “media pornography”. He explained he was inspired by `Nayak’ (the Tamil original was `Mudhalvan’) that he had seen many years back, in which the chief minister played by Amrish Puri makes a journalist played by Anil Kapoor, the CM for a day. In the film, the offer to make the journalist `ek din ka CM’ comes at the end of an interview in which Kapoor levels allegations at Puri. Reel and real have never been closer.
Goswami has reportedly accepted the challenge and will take charge of the hot seat soon. Union minister and National Conference leader, Farooq Abdullah however, is as usual, unhappy with Omar’s emotional decision and said, even opposition leader Mehbooba Mufti would have been a better choice.
The TV channel has already started making special preparations for an exclusive 24-hour coverage of their top man getting the top job in India’s top state, geographically. Over the next few days, Arnab is expected to do a series of Kashmir-specific `Newshour’, in which he will announce that “India wants to know” if they want the Line of Actual Control to be pushed back and whether India should try to get back Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Political experts and media watchers say the 20-odd questions that he will pose to all of India is an indication that Goswami could attempt something dramatic in the 24 hours that he gets to rule the state.
Meanwhile, the opposition PDP is confused and an emergency meeting has been convened to discuss whether a pedestal fan should be thrown into the well of the House in Arnab’s presence or should the MLAs choose any other object that may be available in the assembly on that day.
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