Kejriwal accuses BBC of hit job, post journalists’ social media conversation as evidence

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Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, on Thursday accused the BBC of carrying out a ‘hit job’ against him through a Facebook Live interview, conducted on Friday last week.

Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal wrote, “Never expected a planned hit job from BBC.”

Kejriwal retweeted two screenshots of Facebook conversation of the BBC Hindi journalist, Nitin Srivastava with his friends, that included both his former colleagues.

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In one conversation, Srivastava appears to brag about his experience. He wrote, “He (Kejriwal) was desperate to get unpopular himself. And believe me, the damage has been done. Of the millions, who have responded to the BBC after the iv at least 90% have criticised him. Job done:)” (sic)

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Srivastava’s ‘job done’ comment did not appear to go down well with his former colleagues, who asked him to elaborate what he meant by that declaration.

BBC Hindi’s former Lucknow correspondent and veteran journalist, Ram Dutt Tripathi, asked, “What job was done?”

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Vivek Raj, another former colleague of Srivastava, cheekily asked, “What was the intended job?”

Sambuddha Mitra Mustafi, who too had worked with the BBC, pointedly asked, “(Was it a) Hit job?”

While journalist Ashish Srivastava wrote, “You must sue that man for calling you neech (lowly)..”

Kejriwal, during a live interview with Srivastava had lost his cool when the journalist said that the stated 55 deaths could not be linked to demonetisation.

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Kejriwal’s party has been relentless in its campaign against the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Kejriwal himself has planned to hold several rallies on the issue by highlighting the deaths of common people because of demonetisation.

MPs from the opposition parties on Thursday alleged in the Upper House of the Indian parliament that more than 60 people had died due to demonetisation related stress.

 

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