All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Rahul Gandhi’s first ever interaction with Mumbai Journos on Wednesday really turned out to be a put off for media representatives.
While the leader arrived one hour late at the venue in Bandra, he didn’t take any question from the media and wound up the entire exercise within 2.45 minutes.
The media briefing was organised by the Congress state and city units at a venue in Bandra at around 8.30 a.m. and Mumbai Journos were barged with multiple reminders.
Over 100 representatives from print, electronic and online media turned up and patiently waited for Gandhi, who breezed in almost an hour later.
After the initial introductions, a question was put to the Congress chief by Mumbai Journos on whether he would be willing to take over the leadership of the opposition alliance before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Brushing it aside, Gandhi repeated his criticism of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
This also lasted less than two minutes. Then he thanked everyone and suddenly got up, ending the press conference abruptly.
An apologetic Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam blamed it all on a PR team.
“We had clearly said he would give a few bytes to the electronic media. The print media was also specifically informed that he will not take any questions. The programme went as scheduled,” Nirupam told.