The Aam Aadmi Party intensified its ongoing fight with the media with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal condemning the “treatment” meted out to Kumar Vishwas and declaring that other than questions relating to “the government or their work”, the party would “remain silent.”
In a statement, Kejriwal said that a section of the media had been “trying to defame and destroy” his party and government.
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“Till now, we have been clarifying our position. But yesterday, the way the media treated Kumar Vishwas is highly condemnable. Allegations are being made against Kumar that he has an illicit relationship. Kumar himself has said that he has no illicit relations with anyone. The woman has also said that there is no association with Kumar. But, still some TV channels are using lines such as ‘Awaidh sambandh ke ghere mein Kumar Vishwas’ and ‘Kumar-leela’ (Kumar Vishwas trapped in an illicit relationship and Kumar soap opera),” Kejriwal said in the statement.
He said Vishwas’s family had suffered through the episode, which has led to the Delhi Commission for Women sending him a notice after a woman volunteer sent in a complaint asking Vishwas to publicly deny rumours that they were in a relationship. “Kumar’s entire family is in depression. Some TV channels have even tried to besmirch his wife.
Today, when Kumar’s daughter went to school, her friends asked her questions. Is this journalism? Is this politics? Political parties and media channels have enmity against us. You can fight us but there are certain rules in a fight. At least spare our families,” the AAP chief said.
Kejriwal declared that till now the party had been clarifying every issue, but the Vishwas episode had “hurt them so deeply” that the party had decided “to be completely silent for some time”.
“Let media organisations which want to defame us run one-sided and fictitious stories. If there are any questions related to our government and our work, then we are ready to answer them, otherwise we will be silent,” Kejriwal declared.