Kejriwal remark on media draws Congress Party's flak
The Congress Party has criticised Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal for describing the as media biased and influenced by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and their vice president Rahul Gandhi.
Kejriwal had earlier this week said that some media organisations had been instructed by industrialist Mukesh Ambani to defame him and to exalt Modi and Rahul Gandhi.
The Congress Party condemned Kejriwal's remark and asked him to be careful with what he was saying.
"It is very unfortunate that a person who wishes to make a national party, a person who has been a chief minister even if only for a month, attacks such an essential element of our democratic nation. This is not acceptable," said Uttar Pradesh Congress leader Rita Bahuguna.
However, AAP leader and veteran journalist Ashutosh said he had been in media too long not to understand the difference between biased and unbiased reporting.
"Everybody is upset over how Narendra Modi and his supporter,the business tycoon, Mukesh Ambani, is pressurising and moulding the media. If, in a democracy, media, including the editors and reporters are pressurised to do special reporting for Modi and the BJP, and to criticise the Aam Aadmi Party, this is not journalism,"said Ashutosh.
Kejriwal and his AAP won the Delhi elections in December 2013 with promises to fight corruption and to tackle inflation.
However, activist-turned politician, Kejriwal, resigned on December 14 frustrated by the obstacles put in the way of an anti-corruption bill.
BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: "Some people were talking about bringing about the winds of change, about breaking the chariot of good reign. They will eventually break themselves, because people will not let the Congress or, its mask parties, to make the country go from worse to worst."
The Aam Aadmi Party, which emerged from an anti-corruption movement, trounced the Congress Party in the December 4 Delhi state assembly polls. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged as the single largest party with 32 members, followed by the AAP on 28 and the Congress on 8.
However, the BJP refused to form the government as it lacked majority.
Though the Congress could manage only eight seats, they agreed to give support to AAP to form government that got 28 seats in 70-member Delhi legislature.
(Posted on 26-02-2014)