A video of Bharatiya Janata Party national spokesperson, Sambit Patra, engaging in a verbal duel with veteran news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai has gone viral on social media platforms.
This happened during a television debate when Sardesai asked Patra why can’t Prime Minister Narendra Modi pick up the phone and call up Congress president Sonia Gandhi to resolve the war of words that has been going on between the two political parties over the stand-off with China.
Patra, known for his pugnacity on television debates, retorted, ‘Why should the PM call up Mrs Gandhi? Is she anyone special. She was a part of the all-party meeting where the representatives of all political parties were present. Was she there just to have tea and snacks? Why does she feel that the PM should call her up personally? Is she Queen Victoria of India?’
‘Why should the PM call up anyone personally when there was an all-party meeting. Tomorrow, the Clown Prince (apparently referring to Rahul Gandhi) would also demand a personal call. He’s the prime minister of India, sir, not a news anchor,’ Patra continued.
The Congress has been taking jibes at the Modi government for ‘surrendering to China’ and conceding a part of Indian territory to the hostile neighbour, a charge which the ruling dispensation has vehemently denied on several occasions.