Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Law Minister Somnath Bharti triggered a fresh controversy Saturday as they targeted the media, accusing it of being corrupt and biased.
Asked by reporters about his controversial midnight raid on Africans living in Khirki Extension and the BJP demanding his resignation over it, Bharti accused the media of being paid by the BJP.
“How much money have you got from Modi?” Bharti shot back, referring to the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, when a reporter asked him if he would resign on moral grounds.
The law minister, however, subsequently apologised for his comment. A few hours later, Kejriwal accused the media of being associated with political parties.
“One reporter called me. He told me that his editor has asked him to find a negative story on AAP. He said that of 50 people he met not even a single man was ready to badmouth AAP,” Kejriwal said.
“The reporter also told me, ‘I had to then ask some people to speak negatively about AAP’. There are a few party people and a section of the media that are broadcasting negative things about us,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal also claimed that the media had asked Inder Prakash of Ashray Adhikaar Sewa, who had complained to Kejriwal about the lack of night shelters, to say two “negative lines” about Kejriwal.
“Inder Prakash called me this morning. He said the media asked him to say two negative lines on me. We established 70 night shelters in 20 days. I want to ask why negative publicity against us. Journalists are honest but their owners have joined hands with political parties,” he said.
In a frontal attack on the BJP, Gandhi said the BJP made only tall claims but delivered little after coming to power.