The Hush Post|11:30 am|2-min-read
A 20-year-old, Pratishtha Deveshwar, a student from Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College, was among six students from around the country who were invited for a dinner to meet a “senior Congress leader.”
And who did he turn out to be? She told the media, “I got a call from the Congress office. They told me, we were going to meet a senior Congress leader and we’ll have to discuss important issues with them, raise our concerns. But we were not told we were going to meet Rahul Gandhi. However, when we saw a lot of security and media around we knew we were going to meet someone important.”
Pratishtha was among the students who featured on the first episode of “Apni Baat Rahul Ke Saath.” In the show, the Congress president is seen countering Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Mann Ki Baat”, though more on the lines of “dinner with Rahul.”
The video campaign was unveiled by the Congress on social media on Tuesday. But how much of it was scripted? “Not at all. We were told just be yourself, talk about everything you want to. It was not scripted. It was all very spontaneous, very candid, very real,” Pratishtha said on NDTV’s Good Morning India.
When asked, how did she find Rahul Gandhi? She answered, “Charming and very thoughtful”. He did not give artificial answers. There were moments when he actually admitted that for example, disability is an issue that politicians have ignored for a long time,” she said.
Further, she added, “I have met a few politicians before Mr Gandhi and they have this ‘I know everything attitude.’ Mr Gandhi did not have that. He was open to discussion, open to learning what each on the table had to say.”