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A quite delightful moment of rare candour was witnessed on the primetime debate with Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on Wednesday night as JD(S) spokesperson Tanveer Ahmed threw in the towel and admitted that he had "run out of lies" in his defence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi's land deal link to arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, before being confronted by his own admission as he doubled back and attempted a spirited but futile late rally.
The remarkable waiving of the white flag came at the crescendo of a barnstorming debate over Op India's newsbreak and consequent admission by the Congress that Rahul Gandhi had indeed purchased land - in a questionable transaction - from a land-broker whom it is then possible to link via a money trail to under-scanner associates of Robert Vadra, one of whom - Bhandari - had a double-sided interest in India's MMRCA deal, lobbying for the Eurofighter Typhoon while also seeking a Rafale offset contract.
Up till that point, both Tanveer Ahmed and political analyst Nishant Verma had sparred at length with Op India's Editor Nupur Sharma, though rarely on the facts of the story which included ironclad documents bearing signatures and photographs of Rahul Gandhi, his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and brother-in-law Robert Vadra. Each bout of facts put forth by Nupur Sharma had been rebutted by the unfulfilled promise of counter-facts by Nishant Verma and a 'dharma of a journalist' rendition by Tanveer Ahmed, until the latter finally caved and confessed, taking one and all by surprise:
"I have run short of lies Arnab, that's all I've run short of", Tanveer Ahmed said, as everyone else on the panel regardless of their stance broke into peals of laughter after a moment of bewilderment.
Later, Tanveer attempted to wade back into the debate but was foiled by his own words, as he was presented with what he had said minutes earlier. As the JD(S) spokesperson looked on as his own time capsule was unearthed, he visibly surrendered once again, chortling at his own predicament, with the other panellists joining in.