Protests over RSS chief’s DD telecast; Congress demands Javadekar’s resignation

The Delhi Congress workers led by its chief Arvinder Singh Lovely were detained outside the DPCC office in central Delhi.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi/chennai | Published:October 5, 2014 7:56 pm
Congress workers burn an effigy of I&B Minister Prakash Javdekar during a protest against Doordarshan for live telecast of RSS Dussehra rally, in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI Photo) Congress workers burn an effigy of I&B Minister Prakash Javdekar during a protest against Doordarshan for live telecast of RSS Dussehra rally, in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

Scores of Congress workers and leaders today held a protest here demanding immediate resignation of Union Minister Prakash Javadekar accusing him of forcing Doordarshan to go for live telecast of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech from Nagpur two days ago.

The Delhi Congress workers led by its chief Arvinder Singh Lovely were detained outside the DPCC office in central Delhi when they tried to carry out a procession towards Doordarshan office at Mandi House.

“The government has been influencing Doordarsan to propagate RSS’ agenda of saffronisation. The Congress party will not tolerate this and we demand resignation of I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar,” Lovely said addressing the protesters.

Mounting a direct attack on the BJP, he said the whole country knows that the RSS is an organisation which has always got enmeshed in controversies in its bid to spread communalism.

He said the direct telecast of the speech by RSS chief Mohan Bhagat has hurt the sentiments of people who strongly uphold the principles of secularism.

The live telecast of Bhagwat’s address in Nagpur on October 3 by Doordarshan stoked a controversy with almost all major opposition parties accusing the government of “misusing” the state broadcaster while BJP defended it.

Lovely also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologise to the people of the country on this matter. He said such an “unconstitutional incident had happened in the country for the first time, which would not be tolerated by the Congress Party at any cost.”

Chief spokesperson of Delhi Congress Mukesh Sharma said RSS was a controversial religious and political organisation and showing Bhagwat’s address live on Doordarshan was not at all acceptable.

“Congress will not allow the government to be run from Nagpur,” he said. The protesters also burnt an effigy.

Dismissing criticism over the issue, Javadekar had said that Prasar Bharati, which controls Doordarshan, takes its own decisions. He maintained that it was a “newsworthy” event covered by private channels too.

Lovely also questioned the silence of Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on this issue and alleged that he appeared to be in full agreement with the BJP on the matter.

Meanwhile Over 500 persons, including women and children, belonging to Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamat, today protested in front of the Doordarshan office in Chennai and shouted slogans against BJP for using the channel as a platform to telecast live RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech.

“Doordarshan is part of the government machinery and it cannot be used for promoting any party’s ideology.

Doordarshan has a legacy of being neutral and now they have lost that,” Mohammad Yusuf of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamat told reporters.

The protesters held placards and also raised slogans against BJP and Doordarshan for telecasting the speech live.

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  1. H
    Harry Haridas,
    Oct 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm
    India is a free democratic country as such anyone can give a speech to the nation. If this is a news item then the media whether it is public or private will broadcast it. What is Congress crying about it. If the speech is anti-India then we all have to complain about it. With this type of Agitation, congress will never come back to power. Let Sonia and friends try to reply that speech by their own view points. They dont have any legitimate concerns except they are feeling the los of votebank minority support in India as a w.
  2. D
    Oct 5, 2014 at 8:47 pm
    If it indeed hurt the sentiments of the people, why is it that the protestors were only Congress workers?
  3. B
    Oct 5, 2014 at 3:19 pm
    BJP is political wing of RSS. Sangh parivar will definitely use all means to promote its ideology. Congress is responsible for rise of these forces. However, people in general must voice against such actions. Let India is governed with all its potion on board with no wrong signal down the line.
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    kris kumar
    Oct 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm
    It is time Congress and this fellow called Lovely stop making a drama of themselves about DD showing RSS Bhagwat speech. It was OK for the DD to promote bar maid propaa all those years but they have gone mad over Patriotic Bhagwat speech. Congress can bark as they have nothing else to do but I am sure it is not going to make any difference. If Congi provoke any further then they know how BJP is going to respond to shut them up.
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    Mahender Goriganti
    Oct 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm
    Here is how the sinister plan works for the papers. No evidence sited that RSS is a communal organisation, which is not but a nationalistic organisation at best, goes on to link and claim that the communal BJP should not use DD proof of the same is lacking.
  6. T
    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:28 pm
    It means BJP is no different than previous govt for abusing power. In any case, it is not a good practice to allow RSS chief live speech on state media.
  7. B
    Oct 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm
    What was Priyanka Vadra's status when she was covered extensively by DD and other media before the elections, when she was not even a candidate? She even hurled insults at Modi and complained vociferously that Modi "insulted" her father Rajiv hi. It is double standard for Congress, as had always been!
  8. C
    Oct 5, 2014 at 11:14 pm
    Introspect yourself how many time you people abused the many enies of the nation including consutional enies if you guys think whatever RSS guy said is not in the interests of the nation drag him to the courts and ask your leaders to motivate citizens to do some good work for the nation/citizens not wasting energies like this and causing unnecessary garbage on the roads and causing public inconvenience. Rulers should thin of privatizing DD with minimum government control. Jaihind
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