Too many studio guests

IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/02/2018

NDTV lined up more guests for its night time discussion on the Budget than it could accommodate, so as others waited patiently you had the spectacle of Prannoy Roy and Vikram Chandra hustling  West Bengal finance minister  Amit Mitra to  finish even as he was rolling out devastating  statistics on reduced allocations,  unchanged allocations, and puny increases. Thank you for that unbiased view, quipped Roy. CEA Arvind Subramanian was also said to be waiting, but never did appear on the show.              

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