New Delhi, Mar 14 IBNS | 5 months ago

Coming under fire, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday defended its party supremo Arvind Kejriwal's comment on sending media persons to jail if he is voted to power.


The AAP spokespersons said the comment was meant for a sections of the media which run "paid news".

"What Arvind said is that a section of media is showing paid news and supporting Modi (Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi). This is nothing new, it is a 5-year-old issue," AAP spokesperson Ashutosh told mediapersons at a press conference here.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the media is also answerable if it is found to be faulty.

"If the media does anything wrong, then there is no wrong is questioning media," Singh said.

He pointed out that a recent survey showed that some of the agencies which conduct opinion polls before elections are ready to alter their findings for money.

"No action has been taken against television channels and the opinion poll agencies yet," Singh claimed.

Triggering a controversy, Kejriwal was quoted as saying to media: "The media don't tell the truth about Modi...the entire media is sold, it's a big conspiracy, it's a huge political conspiracy. If we ever form a government, we will get an investigation done and along with the mediawallahs, will send everyone to jail."

Kejirwal also criticised the media for running pro-Modi story.

"TV channels pe chal raha hai - 'kejriwal ne kaha ki modi aur mayawati ke beech main modi ko prefer karunga'. I never ever said that," Kejriwal tweeted recently.

In a series of tweets, the ex-Delhi CM posted: "Why r some tv channels soooo desperate for a pro-modi story?"

"Complete fiction being planted in favor of modi. Aise to Modi ko vote nahi milne," the AAP chief tweeted.

Reacting to Kejriwal's alleged comment, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: "I really don't get AAP & Arvind Kejriwal's criticism of the media. But for the blanket coverage he has received AAP wouldn't exist today."

(Posted on 14-03-2014)