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‘Barkha has got Congress to issue a statement’

Radia talks to a person who mentions NDTV group editor Barkha Dutt

  12th Dec 2010

Barkha Dutt figures once again in the new Radia tapes

Recorded conversation on 22 May 2009 at 09:17:06

Niira: Hi.

Voice: Hello.

Niira: Congress ne to statement, thank God, issue kar diya (Congress has issued the statement). Barkha ne karwaa liya us-se ki (Barkha has got it done saying) it's not about individuals.

Voice: Haan woh toh dekh liya maine. Woh toh aagaya tha naa (Yes I have seen that came, isn't it). Aaa gya na Manish Tiwari ka (Manish Tiwari's has come).

Niira: Woh karna bahut zaroori tha varna problems thé (It was important to get it done otherwise there were too many problems). Any feedback from... I spoke to minister at 2'o clock last night because he said that Congress had to call the chief minister directly in the morning and tell them about Baalu, because Baalu ka issue tha (there was an issue with Baalu). Aur party mein abhi yeh log yeh keh rahe hain ki agar Baalu aur Raja aur Maran joh bhi hain (In the party also they were saying whoever it is whether Baalu or Raja or Maran.) Alagiri has now put his foot down, no. The problem is not what we are all thinking. I had a long chat with Raja and Kani last night. Alagiri is a mass leader and he controls a very large following. You are saying I will give him an MOS independent and you are giving Maran Cabinet. This is where the hiccup is.

Voice: Correct, correct, correct.

Niira: He is a bigger leader than Baalu and all of them put together.

Voice: Correct, correct.

Niira: So all the Tamilians got up and said, what is this? Whatever his following is and the local MPs and others who support him, they said how can Maran be given a Cabinet post when this guy is given. Alagiri himself said, how come Kani is not being given a Cabinet post? Then he said to his father, you drop Baalu and Maran.

Voice: Hmm.

Niira: Phir Maran ko usne bola tum MOS lo (Then he asked Maran to take MOS). Usne kuch nahi bola (he didn't say anything)... Haan Maran ko bola usne (Yes he told Maran) you take MOS. He kept absolutely quiet. Uski shakal dekhni thi (You should have seen his face) apparently last night. She was telling me. She said that Alagiri went to Kani last night.

Voice: Hmmm.

Niira: He went to meet her at midnight. So let us see, I mean they have gone back. Your minister is going for swearing in, but there is a meeting. Your minister is going for the swearing in, na?

Voice: Pata nahi (Don't know). I will go now.

Niira: Hi.
Voice: Hello.
Niira: Congress ne to statement, thank God, issue kar diya (Congress has issued the statement). Barkha ne karwaa liya us-se ki (Barkha has got it done saying) it’s not about individuals.
Voice: Haan woh toh dekh liya maine. Woh toh aagaya tha naa (Yes I have seen that came, isn’t it). Aaa gya na Manish Tiwari ka (Manish Tiwari’s has come).
Niira: Woh karna bahut zaroori tha varna problems thé (It was important to get it done otherwise there were too many problems). Any feedback from... I spoke to minister at 2’o clock last night because he said that Congress had to call the chief minister directly in the morning and tell them about Baalu, because Baalu ka issue tha (there was an issue with Baalu). Aur party mein abhi yeh log yeh keh rahe hain ki agar Baalu aur Raja aur Maran joh bhi hain (In the party also they were saying whoever it is whether Baalu or Raja or Maran.) Alagiri has now put his foot down, no. The problem is not what we are all thinking. I had a long chat with Raja and Kani last night. Alagiri is a mass leader and he controls a very large following. You are saying I will give him an MOS independent and you are giving Maran Cabinet. This is where the hiccup is.
Voice: Correct, correct, correct.
Niira: He is a bigger leader than Baalu and all of them put together.
Voice: Correct, correct.
Niira: So all the Tamilians got up and said, what is this? Whatever his following is and the local MPs and others who support him, they said how can Maran be given a Cabinet post when this guy is given. Alagiri himself said, how come Kani is not being given a Cabinet post? Then he said to his father, you drop Baalu and Maran.
Voice: Hmm.
Niira: Phir Maran ko usne bola tum MOS lo (Then he asked Maran to take MOS). Usne kuch nahi bola (he didn’t say anything)… Haan Maran ko bola usne (Yes he told Maran) you take MOS. He kept absolutely quiet. Uski shakal dekhni thi (You should have seen his face) apparently last night. She was telling me. She said that Alagiri went to Kani last night.
Voice: Hmmm.
Niira: He went to meet her at midnight. So let us see, I mean they have gone back. Your minister is going for swearing in, but there is a meeting. Your minister is going for the swearing in, na?
Voice: Pata nahi (Don’t know). I will go now.

 
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