The Newshour Debate: Big Congress goof up in Gujarat (Part 1 of 2)

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Congress's Gujarat unit was at the centre of a row today (Nov 26) over a picture it used for a poll advertisement on malnutrition in the state amid allegations it was 'lifted' from a website of a Christian organisation depicting a Sri Lankan child. Gujarat Congress party's "Join hands for change" advertisements which appeared in some newspapers and posted on its website claims that 45 per cent of children in the state were malnourished. A photograph in the ad also showed a malnourished child in the arms of a woman. Finding itself in an awkward situation, the Congress in an effort to counter the BJP charge, alleged that the ruling party was deflecting the main issue of malnutrition. "The photograph is symbolic and rather than focusing on the picture, the BJP should counter the figures given in the advertisement," said Siddharth Patel, in-charge of Gujarat state Congress' poll campaign while talking to newsmen.

In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Jaynarayan Vyas, Minister for Health & Family Welfare & Spokesperson, Govt of Gujarat; Amee Yajnik, Spokesperson, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee and Jahnvi Andharia, Member, Anna Suraksha Adhikar Abhiyan, Gujarat -- discuss whether the fake photo controversy can become a turning point in the Gujarat election campaign.