January 17, 2022 1:42:43 pm
The Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked Zee Entertainment to issue an apology for a programme that was broadcasted on the group’s Tamil channel, which, according to the party, “deliberately made obnoxious comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.
A spokesperson from Zee Tamil, however, said that they were not willing to issue any statement regarding the matter.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Cluster Officer of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, CTR Nirmal Kumar, the BJP state president for IT and social media cell, said that scathing remarks were passed about demonetisation, diplomatic travel to various countries, PM Modi’s attire and disinvestments during the channel’s program — ‘Junior Super Stars Season 4” — that was aired on January 15.
The letter comes a day after Tamil Nadu BJP President K Annamalai took to Twitter and said Union Minister L Murugan had asked him about a reality show that ridiculed PM Modi and assured that action would be taken. Kumar claimed that it would be impossible for a kid below the age of 10 to understand what the above-mentioned topics really meant. However, he added, in the name of comedy, these topics were discussed.
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மாண்புமிகு மத்திய இணை அமைச்சர் திரு @Murugan_MoS அவர்கள் தொடர்பு கொண்டு தமிழகத்தில் ஒரு ரியாலிட்டி டிவி ஷோவில் பாரத பிரதமர் அவர்கள் மாண்பை குறைப்பது போல் சில காட்சிகளை வைத்திருப்பதைப் பற்றி கேட்டறிந்தார்
நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும் என்று உறுதி அளித்திருக்கிறார்!அவருக்கு என் நன்றிகள்
— K.Annamalai (@annamalai_k) January 16, 2022
“Throughout this skit, the judges, anchors and mentors were seen encouraging the same without any inhibitions. This sends a wrong message about the channel in Tamil Nadu and what it stands for nationally,” he said.
The BJP leader added that the channel has also made no effort to curtail the blatant misinformation passed casually and that, too, through children. “What was being spoken is beyond their reasonable understanding and the guardians of these minors and the channel should be held legally and morally accountable for the act,” he noted.
He further asked the channel to issue a public apology and sack those responsible for the content. “Young children cannot be used to push someone’s political agenda as this sets a wrong precedent. Our silence cannot be perceived as complacency,” the letter read.
A video clip of the show had recently gone viral on social media as well.
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