BJP appeals to journalists to not fear INDI alliance diktat on 14 anchors

NEW DELHI | Updated: 14 September, 2023 10:45 pm IST

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made strong objections to the “INDIA” alliance’s decision to exclude their representatives from participating in the debates and events by 14 anchors of different English and Hindi TV channels.


In a statement issued by the party, the BJP compared the decision taken by the 26 constituents of the INDI alliance with the Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying such a move is reminiscent of a repressive and dictatorial mindset of the Congress party.


‘’The Bharatiya Janata Party severely opposes such derogatory mentality which hinders freedom of expression. The decision of political parties that are part of the “ghamandiya” alliance to boycott some journalists shows their mentality of the time of repressive Emergency. We have all seen in a similar manner how the media was stifled and gagged during the Emergency. Today also the “ghamandiya” alliance is working with the same mindset of Emergency and vengeance against the media.” the statement said.


The saffron outfit dubbed the alliance as “ghamandiya” and accused them of adopting an authoritarian approach.


The BJP also appealed to media organizations and the journalistic fraternity to disapprove of the decision taken by the INDI alliance, saying the media must continue their work without fear or bias.


The statement said,” I.N.D.I Alliance giving direct threat to the media is like gagging the media for speaking the truth. This also shows that the “ghamandiya” alliance has no courage to face the truth. It also indicates that the “ghamandiya” alliance is working under some external pressure to hurt Indian media’s freedom of expression. There is democracy in the country, and no one will be allowed to suppress or curtail the freedom and rights of the media.’’


It further said, ‘’ The Bharatiya Janata Party appeals to all the media organisations and all the dedicated and honest journalists to vehemently oppose political parties with such highly derogatory thinking and keep performing their duties towards the nation and our society without any fear or favour. The BJP also urges all journalists to oppose such dictatorial attitude of the “ghamandiya” alliance and continue doing their duties by following the Indian ethos and principles strongly laid in our democratic system.’’



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