News18 India and CNN-News18 have lined up an array of programming bringing the most exhaustive coverage of the elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
Under the branding ‘Sabse Bada Dangal’, News18 India will telecast poll of polls, extensive coverage on polling days and counting day along with a multitude of special shows– Aaj ki Hulchul, a daily election bulletin; Bhaiyaji Kahin, an on-ground show that will provide a platform to voters to interact with their local leaders/candidates at a constituency level; special episodes of Lapete Mein Netaji, a weekly ‘hasya kavi sammelan’ with renowned and contemporary Hindi satirists and poets capturing the twists and turns of the electoral dangal in a unique way; Cover Story where the channel’s journalists will focus on prominent leaders as they go about campaigning in the poll bound states and Audience Based Debates which will have national and regional leaders discussing state level issues and earlier promises made by political parties that are now driving voter preference.
Battle for the States, the programming line-up on CNN-News18 will comprise of Poll of Polls, Polling Day and Counting Day coverage, audience-based shows, travelogues, documentaries and newsmaker interviews that will give the viewer a 360 degree view of the elections. While ‘Battle For The States’ will be a daily half-hour bulletin that will have stories and latest updates on the elections, the channel will also telecast special series like Reporters Project where a team of top journalists will traverse the length and breadth of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to assess the ground realities, major issues and voter sentiment ahead of the Elections. CNN-News18 will also host a series of special shows from Ground Zero in the two states. There will also be a special audience-based show on Gujarat featuring senior local and national leaders debating pertinent election related issues.
Leading the coverage on News18 India will be the channel’s Deputy Managing Editors - Kishore Ajwani and Sumit Awasthi. On CNN-News18, Executive Editor Bhupendra Chaubey along with Deputy Executive Editor Zakka Jacob will bring the most detailed analysis of the assembly elections.