Tweeple had a full blast at the cost of the much awaited Times Now interview on Monday night and #RahulSpeaksToArnab possibly was the longest trending hashtag on the social networking site when Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was being interviewed by Arnab Goswami.
Cracking jokes about the repeated use of ‘fundamental’, ‘RTI’, ‘women’s empowerment’ by Gandhi, Twitter world took digs at his dodging and evading ‘specific question’; his attempts at sticking to certain phrases whatever may be the question and in general pointing fingers at his and Congress party’s PR machinery.
"#RahulSpeaksToArnab used the word #fundamental 103rd time already! Fundamental waste of time, how’s Arnab not losing his cool" tweeted Anand Subramanian (@anandish).
"Arnab: What if aliens invaded India? Rahul: I want to say that our govt brought RTI" tweeted Veeraj Patel (@VeerajPatel)
There were several tongue-in-cheek remarks such as Psycho's (@i_Psycho): "Rgandhi hs now said ‘empowering women’ more number of times than total women population of the country."
Of course there were praising voices too, albeit few and far. Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) tweeted: "Today people don’t understand the long lasting vision of empowerment. RG is here for a long-long time."
So was Deepal Trivedi (@DeepalTrevedie) when she tweeted: "At least Rahul Gandhi answered all questions raised by Arnab. He did not walk out", in an apparent reference to BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi walking away from an interview on another channel some months ago. But it was mostly jibes at the Gandhi scion’s answers and the way he was talking by repeating certain phrases/words.
Rishi Bagree (@rishibagree) made a scathing comment on the content with "If Stupidity was measured in bricks, Rahul Gandhi would be the great wall of China."
Many found it funny enough to be equated to cartoon channel or comedy programmes as did Javed Khan (@IM_JavedKhan): "If you missed, Rahul Gandhi interview will be repeated on Pogo Channel !!!" or Rishi Sagar (@rishisagar): "After #rahulSpeaksToArnab Kapil Sharma loses his job, from next weekend colors tv will telecast, "ROFL nights with Rahul (sic)"
And then, there was a tweet seeking to draw his attention possibly on the real empowerment of women.
Prosenjit Roy (@tweetyproy) tweeted: "Q: Price rise A: Empower women, Q: 2G A: Empower women. He needs to get married soon to understand about empowered women."
Many would say, it's a pity, how the interview turned out to be because the issues he raised are worthy of being pursued seriously.
Sample some more tweets:
Rahul Gandhi just told Arnab Goswami that the questions are out of syllabus.— Old Major (@floydimus) January 27, 2014
You know how in exams we know very little and try to fit it in every answer? That's what Rahul is trying to do in every question!— T. (@TypoMaketh) January 27, 2014
The fundamental issue at hand is by the time Rahul understands the question Arnab is on 3th question— Adi (@reviewero) January 27, 2014
Dude who knows what he's saying, is authoritative, firm and fit to be PM is on an interview on tv now. Along with Rahul Gandhi.— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) January 27, 2014
Rahul Gandhi has now said 'empowering women' more number of times than total women population of the country. #RahulSpeaksToArnab— Psycho (@i_Psycho) January 27, 2014
Arnab: "What's your favorite film, Rahul?" Rahul: "Mera Naam Joker." #RahulSpeaksToArnab— Rofl Indian (@Roflindian) January 27, 2014
Rahul made you laugh. Modi will make you afraid. Very afraid.— soumik sen (@bangdu) January 27, 2014
This is like watching 2 different shows. Arnab's questions and Rahul's answers.— gaurav kapur (@gauravkapur) January 27, 2014
So Rahul Gandhi is clearly not winning any hampers for today's interview.— Peglet (@PedestrianPoet) January 27, 2014
It is over....thank god it is over...RahulSpeakstoArnab— vipra shrivastava (@vipsster) January 27, 2014
Maybe the idea was to counter Modi Wave with Sympathy Wave for Rahul Gandhi. #RahulSpeaksToArnab— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) January 27, 2014
Arnab: "Would you have a debate with Modi?" Rahul: "Look we need an alternative. Tap global energy. Empower women!!!" #ArnabVsRahul— Rofl Indian (@Roflindian) January 27, 2014
Rahul Gandhi walks into a bar and lowers it.— Ashish Shakya (@stupidusmaximus) January 27, 2014
Arnab : When will you get married? Rahul : Never Arnab : Why? Rahul : Mummy bolti hai "humein bahumat do" #ArnabVsRahul— Chaitanya (@Chaitanya_13) January 27, 2014
This is Rahul Gandhi's exit interview.— Clyde D'Souza (@clydeno9) January 27, 2014
Just now in heaven, Sanjay Gandhi poked a facepalming Rajeev Gandhi "You do realize you should have enrolled into my nationwide program ;)"— Gabbar Singh (@GabbbarSingh) January 27, 2014
Watching this interview is like watching a puppy die. Sad because puppies are cute but at the same time too fascinating to look away.— Roshnai (@TakeThatPunk) January 27, 2014
This show should be re-recorded with the Filmfare awards laughter track.— Gabbar Singh (@GabbbarSingh) January 27, 2014
This man has no idea what he's saying. I think he'll run the country well.— This guy, zabardasti (@AskThePankazzzz) January 27, 2014
Arnab: What is your name? Rahul: Empower women.— TyagiG (@tyagiG) January 27, 2014
Modi doesn't want to talk. Rahul doesn't know how to talk. Kejriwal doesn't stop talking.— Oculus (@daddy_san) January 27, 2014
When will this embarrassing AG-RG Comedy Hour end ?— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) January 27, 2014
Narendra Modi has just booked the banquet hall for his victory speech— Priyal (@priyal) January 27, 2014