The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress on Sunday announced four nominees for the upcoming Rajya Sabha Elections. The party has selected senior journalist Sagarika Ghose, Susmita Dev, Md Nadimul Haque and Mamata Bala Thakur to represent them in the upper house of parliament.
Ghose has been a prominent journalist, columnist, and vocal critic of the Modi government and its policies.
However, as the TMC announced Ghose's nomination, several of her old tweet, including the one advising journalists to 'stay away from politics' went viral, with netizens pointing out the irony.
"Journalists, IMHO, shd stay away from politics & loyalty to any political party. Compromising independence is worst thing scribes can do to themselves. Lets strengthen India's civil society, strengthen liberal democracy, work for justice. Let the netas be naked in their hamaam!" Ghose had written in her 2018 tweet.
One of the X users, posting screenshot of Ghose's old tweet, wrote, "Queen of Hypocrisy".
Lawyer Shashank Shekhar Jha shared another old tweet by Sagarika Ghose saying she will 'never accept any RS ticket or PS ticket or CS ticket from any political party'.
Another X user shared an old video of Mamata Banerjee walking out of an interview by Sagarika Ghose on being quizzed about women's safety.
The Trinamool Congress, in their announcement on Sunday, stated, "We are pleased to announce the candidature of @sagarikaghose, @SushmitaDevAITC, @MdNadimulHaque6, and Mamata Bala Thakur for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha elections." They added, "We extend our heartfelt wishes to them and hope they will work towards upholding Trinamool’s enduring legacy of indomitable spirit and advocacy for the rights of every Indian."
More About Sagarika Ghose
Ghose has been a prominent figure in Indian media for many years, having contributed to many news organisations like The Times of India, Outlook, The Indian Express, and CNN-IBN.
With a career exceeding 30 years, she is renowned for her extensive expertise in journalism.
Ghose pursued her education at St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi before earning a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. She has had a multifaceted career in both print and television media, addressing a wide array of subjects and concerns through her writing and reporting.
She is the spouse of renowned journalist and author Rajdeep Sardesai.