If you think the raucous spats between political spokespersons on prime-time television are too shrill to bear, then take heart. The Congress has launched a headhunt for a new brand of speakers to articulate the party’s views rather spiritedly in the run-up to the 2014 general elections.
The media communication department of the Congress will put 60 selected aspirants through five days of rigorous mock TV debates starting from September 15 to pick half of them as party’s faces and voices on the idiot box.
The mock drill will go on for five days. Each day, the aspirants will have to take part in five “high-decibel” TV debates — there will be shrill and boisterous sparring between panelists — on 25 topics ranging from tribal rights to Dalit issues to rupee depreciation.
A mock audience will also toss some tough questions at them. Based on their performance in debates and their response to questions from the audience, as many as 30 will be selected as party faces who will assist the panel of 36 spokespersons and TV panelists in articulating the party views on various issues.
But it wasn’t an easy run for the shortlisted 60 aspirants. They were selected from around 300 participants at a two-day workshop for Congress spokespersons and media panelists in last week of July.
The participants drawn from state media cells, youth Congress and the NSUI were divided into 10 groups for round-table discussion on varied topics.