Representatives from two English channels, Times Now and Republic TV, were kept out of a press conference called by Congress party in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
The party’s head of media, Randeep Surjewala, was addressing a press conference to talk about the reported jump in turnover of the company owned by the BJP president, Amit Shah’s son. The Karnataka unit of the Congress party decided to stop the representatives from the two channels from covering the event alleging their glaring biases in favour of the ruling BJP.
Surjewala said, “When you carry out pre-meditated, biased and fixed agenda as agents of the ruling party, then some semblance of journalism dies. Journalism is not about Congress or BJP, or SP or any other political party. Journalism is about asking me difficult questions. It is also about telling me where have I gone wrong.”
Congress leaders are visibly angry over how Times Now and Republic refused to discuss the jump in the company’s wealth of Jay Shah since Narendra Modi became the prime minister, but have been carrying out debates targetting Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi.
As exclusively reported by Janta Ka Reporter, all English channels except NDTV had blacked out Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s press conference on the day the news of alleged irregularities in Jay Shah’s company surfaced.
However, the same channels had given a blow-by-blow coverage to the counter press conference by Union Minister Piyush Goyal, just hours after Sibal addressed the media.
Alleging witch hunting by Times Now and Republic, Surjewala said, “Narendra Modi has been in power for 41 months. They are in power in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Let them conduct any investigation. Forty one months of witch-hunting later, they have not been able to find any violations,” he said.