In an extremely significant development, Rajasthan Patrika newspaper has decided to boycott the state’s chief minister, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, until she revoked what has been touted as a black law.
The newspaper, headquartered in Jaipur, wrote a scathing editorial announcing the decision. It said, ‘Until Mrs Vausndhara Raje repeals the black law, Rajasthan Patrika will not cover any news on her.”
In a shocking development last month, the Rajasthan government headed by Vasundhara Raje had issued an ordinance banning media reporting on accusations involving judges and senior officers in her government without obtaining prior permission.
The ordinance also made the public servants immune from being prosecuted for the crimes they may have committed while in office. In effect the government has made itself immune against any probe.
Taking a potshot, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had told her that the year was “2017, not 1817”. “Madam Chief Minister, with all humility we are in the 21st century. It’s 2017, not 1817,” Gandhi tweeted.
On Wednesday, Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal appreciated the step taken by Rajasthan Patrika. He wrote, “V rare journalism. Needs immense courage in today’s times.”