With an unusual mix of players like Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi running for PM,
there’s a buzz around the alliances being formed and if we will have a clear winner. Get ready for hi-voltage debates, reports and more on television that will arm you with information before you head out to vote.
– Mrinalini Sundar & Sumitra Nair
Polls, political drama, analysis and a lot of action — our pick of election-related programming on the telly right now
NDTV has been sharing detailed profiling of potential candidates running for Prime Minister every week. Don’t miss the Big Fight by Vikram Chandra that has been focussing on political agendas and the latest on political alliances. The weekly show, Truth vs Hype with Sreenivasan Jain, features the contenders. Also look out for Left Right and Centre for a 360 degree view of the General Elections.
NDTV India has National Highway with Manoranjan Bharti, a show covering the latest happenings in all the crucial constituencies. Target 272, with Abhigyan Prakash, tracks strategies and tactics, the alliances, public rallies and back door meetings of political formations. Rann-neeti, with Sikta Deo, follows two key political leaders, Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi,
and their strategies.
In a show called Voice Votes, Supriya Shirante heads to campuses like IIMs, IITs and educational institutions in Mumbai and Delhi, and ask students what they want. There are half-an-hour segments that trail candidates and their campaigns. The channel also talks to business leaders like Adi Godrej and ask them what their business agendas are for the upcoming elections.
Starting from polling day, BBC will have programmes like Global with Jon Sopel and Impact, fronted by Mishal Husain. Also, Babita Sharma will be in the country to present special editions of Newsday.
On Headlines Today, watch out for Political Buzz and Right to be Heard. The first brings you the latest on what your election candidates are up to, and Right To Be Heard throws light on the problems faced by the common man that need to be addressed by political leaders.
Sun News has a 30-minute special bulletin, Kalam 2014, with reports on each constituency. They also have Therthal Medai, which highlights speeches made by political leaders. Watch out for their Notice Boards, where important announcements are displayed as text on the whole screen.
News X has Poll Pulse that goes on from 6 pm to 8 pm. The show is like an opinion poll on the elections. TState Report looks at specific constituencies and special candidates. And Campus Connect is where students are asked what they want.
Times Now kicked off its special programming for the upcoming 2014 elections with the Sunday Newshour on March 30, anchored by Arnab Goswami. It now extends to the weekend with a complete focus on the elections.
Aaj Tak has been having one-on-ones with leaders from different political parties, on matters related to the elections. On Seedhi
Baat, Sundays, 8.30 pm. India 360 gives you a complete overview of the elections.
Among the several shows that cnn ibn has, two are especially interesting. Yatra Elections is like a travelogue, where a reporter goes to different places in the state and gauges the mood of the people. Open Mike is a chaupal (citizen’s corner) where Sagarika Ghosh moderates a discussion between citizens on the grave issues of the day. It features citizens’ voices, citizens’ concerns and issues
affecting the public space.