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Somnath Bharti accuses Narendra Modi of bribing media, hits out at Delhi women’s panel for being ‘political’

Asked by reporters about BJP demanding his resignation over it, Bharti accused the media of being paid by the BJP.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: January 25, 2014 11:39 pm


Delhi  Law Minister Somnath Bharti. (PTI) Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti. (PTI)

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.

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  1. L
    Jan 25, 2014 at 9:41 am
    Dear law minister somnath, Now media coverage will not help you. Please remind yourself that same media was hailing you as messiah of common man and crusader against corruption for long time.
    1. R
      Jan 25, 2014 at 7:45 am
      Bharti seems to be right. The way the English TV channels are playng up this incident again and again, I am sure something is strange. The same media have no time to run the story of a woman publically gang-raped in Bengal nor the women's commision wants to send a notice to the west Bengal govt. Tharoor is in the eye of storm for his wife's unnatural death and our great channels ignore it.
      1. Ramachandra Reddy
        Jan 27, 2014 at 1:52 am
        This statement clearly fixes the nexus between congress and AAP
        1. S
          Suren Abreu
          Jan 25, 2014 at 8:13 am
          Apparently the AAP's censure of Somnath Bharti hasn't worked! His comments continue to make him a source of embarrment for the party, yet he remains smug where he is!