NEW DELHI — Several FIRs have been filed across different states against controversial anchor of Republic TV and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporter Arnab Goswami for his controversial comments in a recently aired programme on Congress President Sonia Gandhi in the backdrop of the Palghar lynchings
According to The Huffington Post, the first FIR was registered in Sadar police station in Nagpur city of Maharashtra on the complaint of Maharashtra’s energy minister and Congress leader Nitin Raut and a second FIR was registered in Chhattisgarh’s capital city Raipur on the complaint of state health minister TS Singh Deo.
In Maharashtra, state Youth Congress president Satyajeet Tambe filed a complaint against Goswami in Sangamner and instructed party workers to file complaints in all districts, according to The Indian Express.
The controversy erupted after Goswami, during a studio debate targeted Congress President Sonia Gandhi in the aftermath of Palghar lynching of two sadhus.
“In India, being a Hindu and wearing the orange colour has become a sin. I ask that if a maulvi had been killed, would people be silent? Would Sonia Gandhi, who hails from Italy, be quite? Today, she is silent… I think she is happy in her heart that saints are being attacked in a state where she has formed the government. She will send a report to Italy saying that ‘Where I formed government, I am getting saints killed,’” Goswami had said.
The controversial remark on Sonia led to several Congress leaders and chief ministers slamming Goswami.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot slammed Goswami and wrote in a tweet:
“He has gone insane and crossed all limits, he should be ashamed of himself. I must ask the Editors Guild – isn’t this (an) all time low for journalism? Rajeev Chandrasekhar must sack him immediately (sic),” Ashok Gehlot wrote on Twitter.
Attack on mrs Sonia Gandhi by Arnab Goswami is highly condemnable. He has gone insane and crossed all limits, he should be ashamed of himself . I must ask the Editors guild – isn’t this all time low for journalism ? Mr Rajeev Chandrasekhar must sack him immediately.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) April 22, 2020
Chhattisgarh CM Baghel wrote on Twitter: “There is no dignity towards any person or the language. This malicious attempt to incite communal violence is a cognizable, criminal and a punishable offence.”
Arnab Goswami of @republic & @Republic_Bharat calls this nonsensical utterance against Mrs. Sonia Gandhi journalism? There is no dignity towards any person or the language. This malicious attempt to incite communal violence is a cognizable, criminal and a punishable offence.
— Bhupesh Baghel (@bhupeshbaghel) April 22, 2020
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, Satej D Patil, minister of state for home, Maharashtra, general secretary of the Indian National Congress, Mukul Wasnik and Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera are among others to condemn strongly the Goswami’s remarks against Sonia Gandhi.