Media sold out to Modi, will jail them if we form govt, warns Kejriwal

Alleges ‘heavy amounts’ paid, party names 4 TV channels.

Nagpur | Updated: March 15, 2014 8:20 am

Claiming that the media has been “paid to promote” BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal has threatened to send media persons to jail if his party comes to power.

Other AAP leaders have accused four TV channels of “running a campaign against the party” and said they will complain to the Election Commission.

In a video clip aired by ABP News, Kejriwal, while addressing a party fund-raising dinner in Nagpur Thursday, said: “The whole media is sold out this time, it is a big conspiracy, it is a huge political controversy. If our government comes to power, we will set up an inquiry into this. And along with the media people, all will be sent to jail,” he said, slamming the media for focusing on his security deployment.

Kejriwal alleged that “heavy amounts” have been paid to promote Narendra Modi. “Since the last one year, we have been told that Modi is here, Modi is there. Since one year, Modi has also been saying that. Even some TV channels have been saying Ram Rajya has come… Why did they do it? Because there is a big conspiracy… money has been paid to TV channels. Heavy amounts have been paid to promote Modi,” he said.

“Around 800 farmers have committed suicide in Gujarat in the past 10 years, but no channel has shown it.” He alleged that land had been sold to the Adani Group for just “one rupee but even this has not been shown by any channel”.

After the video went viral and he came under attack, Kejriwal denied making such remarks. “I didn’t say that. How can I be upset with you (media)?”

Slamming Kejriwal for his remarks, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said, “This is a fascist tendency and Emergency mindset. He is working for Congress… He is not speaking about Rahul Gandhi or Congress. He is only targeting Modi because he wants to get mileage out of it. His mindset is revealed. They are Maoists in urban outfit.”

Union Minister and Congress leader Kapil Sibal criticised Kejriwal for running away from governance. “He can’t do anything to the media because media is competent,” he said.

The AAP came to its leader’s defence, saying he was referring to a section of the media which was running an “agenda” of the BJP and Modi. “Kejriwal has said that a section of media was implementing the agenda of Modi and BJP. His comments were directed against them. His comments were against those who distort news and resort to paid news,” AAP’s Sanjay Singh told a press conference.

He named four channels — Zee News, India TV, India News and Times Now — and said they have been “running a campaign against us… we will take up the issue with the Election Commission and give them relevant proof.”

AAP’s Chandni Chowk candidate and former journalist Ashutosh said a recent sting operation had shown that some of the agencies which conduct opinion polls before elections were willing to tweak their findings for money. “No action has been taken against television channels and the opinion poll agencies yet,” he said.

There were heated arguments between reporters and AAP leaders over the allegations. Journalist Ashish Khetan, who is the party candidate from New Delhi, also attacked the media, saying a section was only promoting Modi and not writing critical stories against the Gujarat government.

The Broadcast Editors’ Association reacted strongly to the “irresponsible” remarks. “BEA condemns Arvind Kejriwal’s irresponsible statement on media. BEA believes that electronic media is discharging its responsibility in a fair and objective manner,” the association said in a statement.

“We have strong faith in the self-regulatory institutions that electronic media has developed and would request any aggrieved person to approach them with specific complaints and evidence. Vague and sweeping allegations are a sign of weakness,” the statement by BEA president Shazi Zaman and general secretary N K Singh said.

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    Abiram Devnathan
    Mar 14, 2014 at 8:17 am
    I think this guy is going to get blasted very soon for his daily noises.He thinks that Modi is not resonding to him because he(Modi) is afraid of him...Such a he is..Modi is not afraid of this guy...Modi didn't respond because..he know that people of Gujarat and wont trust this street dog and his party.Because if Namo has failed to give proper governance..he would have not been elected for 4th time as CHIEF MINISTER..This Publictywal..could not able to withstand the pressure for 49 days..And this guy is talkin about MODI's governance..Dont be a to vote to this guy...everything what he does is not practical..(TRAVELLING IN MUMBAI LOCAL TRAIN..funny and foolish)Come on ppl..plss understand this"The duty of a good leader is to give good governance rather than creating stunts..A duty of a good leader is to protect AAM AADMI..but not necessary that he should be a AAM AADMI..(It is practically not possible..)VOTE FOR NAMODIDo this for our future generation..Ignore those ppl who dont understand NAMO..they'll understand very soon..
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    Mar 14, 2014 at 8:59 am
    don't chop the branch that is supporting you :)
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    neeraj agrawal
    Mar 15, 2014 at 4:35 am
    Do u want to say that Mr. Kejriwal or or that matter AAP is the only HONEST ones in India and have been authorised to issue the certificate of honesty. Anyone who is against them is dishonest. More so, till such time congress did not supported them was most corrupt but became clean by virtue of supporting AAP. Please be HONEST to urself first. Then, preach others to be honest. I m not for or against anyone but expect u to be reasonable in ur utterances.
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    Ajay Katoch
    Mar 15, 2014 at 8:24 am
    Since Kejriwal thinks poorly of the media & has made such derogatory statements against it, he should boycott the media or the media should boycott him.
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    Arun Jain
    Mar 15, 2014 at 2:00 am
    True media is sold out! Only negative coverage of Kejriwal,why?
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    Mar 14, 2014 at 7:40 am
    It does appear that the media is biased against the AAP. Even a minor act of the AAP hits the headlines whereas the larger parties are not attacked with the same zeal.
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    Mar 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm
    If it was not for media, AK and his AAP would not have been there. Now everyone besides him is dishonest. What an as***le!He is just trying to be in the media all the time by giving controversial statements and misleading public. And all of a sudden his focus has shifted to personally attacking Modi instead of exposing corruption by the ruling party....Any idea why?!
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    Mar 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm
    hahahah I think you are blind aap supporter...this is gud to support but a blind support is always harmful.....If you think that media is doing this then you are running from the facts.....Media is showing arwind travelling in metro because of that several of pangers facing problem. what is your openion for that you mean to say that the person travelling gon the train was not Arwind.
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