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Nitin Gadkari says journalists should accept ‘packages’

Diwali has come. I have one request, keep whatever you get. Eat whatever you can, said Gadkari.

By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Published: October 6, 2014 7:54 pm
In the next 10-12 days, you journalists will have 'Laxmidarshan', said Gadkari. In the next 10-12 days, you journalists will have ‘Laxmidarshan’, said Gadkari.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has courted a controversy asking journalists to “keep the packages (money) they get during the election season” from Congress and NCP.

“In the next 10-12 days, you journalists will have ‘Laxmidarshan’,” Gadkari said at a poll rally in Sawantwadi in coastal Konkan on Saturday.

“Be it reporters or editors, there are separate packages for reporters, newspapers and their owners,” Gadkari said. “Diwali has come. I have one request, keep whatever you get. Eat whatever you can,” he said.

The state secretariat and legislature journalists association flayed Gadkari’s remarks.

“Gadkari’s comments are highly objectionable,” president of Mantralaya Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh Pravin Puro said.

“Gadkari has said journalists accept ‘packages’ (for election coverage). Due to such statements, the image of journalists gets dented,” Puro said.

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    Bala
    Oct 6, 2014 at 5:49 pm
    Make the hay while sun is staining.
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      MUMU
      Oct 7, 2014 at 4:59 am
      That means the current Packages by Feku govt. is not sufficient to broadcast excess lies of this joker shows. they need little more to sing the tune of BJP 24/7
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        Srivatsa
        Oct 7, 2014 at 6:35 am
        Isn't that just true? Indian Express is a Congress news paper...
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