CNBC-TV18 bossman Raghav Bahl managed to secure the “first interview” with Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee after he presented his budget on Monday, although Mukherjee had appeared before Financial Express managing editor M.K. Venu for Lok Sabha TV hours earlier.
At the end of the 30-minute pow-wow, Bahl dragged in his hobby-horse, China, and quoted from a recent Citi report that by 2050, India would be the world’s biggest economy.
The minister happily answered the query with a smile.
“On that optimistic note, let us….” said Bahl.
At that juncture, Mukherjee, 77, intervened and added helpfully that he would not be around then.
Non-plussed, Bahl continued: ‘On that optimistic note, thank you very much….”
(Update: sans serif is happy to acknowledge readers who say Raghav Bahl went on to complete the sentence.)
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