Ailing Sushil Modi’s TV interview raises questions

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Ailing Sushil Modi TV interview raises questions. (File photo, courtesy: TV9 Bharatvarsh)
Ailing Sushil Modi TV interview raises questions. (File photo, courtesy: TV9 Bharatvarsh)

The interview of Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi telecast by News18 Bihar/Jharkhand at 8:00 PM on Oct 25, Sunday, has raised several questions as a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Oct 23 rally in Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur the media reported that the former had tested Corona positive and has been shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna.

The reports also said that Syed Shahnawaz Husain and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, two other former Union ministers and BJP leaders, are also suffering from COVID-19.A day after the PM’s rally it was reported that the Bihar election in-charge of the BJP, Devendra Fadnavis has also fallen ill. It was also reported that Bihar’s health minister, Mangal Pandey, has gone in isolation.

The big question is if Sushil Modi is really suffering from Corona Virus and is in the AIIMS how is it that he has given such a long interview to a TV channel. Though the anchor or interviewer has not mentioned anything about the venue of the interview, SuMo is certainly not sitting in the studio.   

If the interview has been taken well before Oct 22, when it was reported that he is suffering from Corona, what is the point in telecasting it so late and that too at the height of election campaign. Interestingly, the interviewer did not ask any embarrassing questions about the LJP chief Chirag Paswan and the rebellion within the saffron camp. The questions revolved around SuMo’s allegations against RJD supremo Lalu Prasad. 

In social media people are questioning as to how the NDA leaders are repeatedly making Corona as a political issue. Just a day before the death of former Union minister and senior RJD leader, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh the media highlighted the news of his resignation from the party. At the same time several other news reports have been highlighting that Raghuvansh is actually on ventilator. He had already been in the ICU of AIIMS Delhi two days before being put on ventilator.

Hours after the appearance of this resignation letter Raghuvansh died on September 13. The big question arose after his death: Can a person on ventilator resign from the party just when he is on the death bed. Curiously, after his death Raghuvansh’s closest aide denied that the former Union minister has ever written any letter and that he was a very good friend of Lalu Prasad till the last breath.

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