If you even remotely follow Indian politics, you must have come across this "rumour" on social media: That India Today's consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai is joining Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party and will be contesting as its candidate for Goa's chief minister.
It kinda started when journalist and Modi supporter Madhu Kishwar tweeted this a month back
The buzz in Congress circles-Rajdeep Sardesai might be fielded as CM candidate in the Goa elections! I can't certify it's veracity as yet.— Madhu Kishwar (@madhukishwar) April 23, 2016
Rajdeep rubbished it promptly, calling Kishwar a gossip columnist
@madhukishwar kya ma'am. You were once a genuine activist journalist, then cheerleader, now a gossip columnist?— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) April 23, 2016
Kishwar followed up on her "scoop"
Update on @sardesairajdeep--Its AAP that has offered to field him as CM candidate in Goa.Not clear whether Rajdeep ready to take plunge— Madhu Kishwar (@madhukishwar) April 24, 2016
A month later, Goan newspaper The Navhind Times 'authenticated' the rumour
It was after Rajdeep and his journalist wife Sagarika Ghosh were seen in the AAP Rally in Goa on May 22
When the newspaper confronted Rajdeep, he chose to be vague
"Unlike other occupations which can be continued even after being a politician, like that of a lawyer who can practise even after becoming a politician, journalism is not so. However, if the people of Goa tell me to be chief minister then I am ready. At the same time I can assure you that no one will do that"
And added more fuel to the "speculations"
“At the moment I’m not with AAP and what the future holds… let’s leave it to the future"
Rajdeep has returned to Delhi, and has since been answering A LOT OF PEOPLE
...Like why he went to Goa of not for the AAP rally? To receive the Goan year of the award from media house Lokmat, he says
For those asking why I am in Goa!😄 https://t.co/3t94cUZ8vo— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 21, 2016
A spat happened with Anupam Kher again...
@AnupamPkher sorry sir! No such luck! I was in the press contingent at the rally being held opp my home!— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 22, 2016
When someone apparently got fed up and asked him to come out on clean with his association with the party, Rajdeep cracked a joke...
My friend, The only party I am part of is my kids birthday party!😄 https://t.co/ueuAbAANjO— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 23, 2016