BJP: The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), the opposition party, decided to ban 14 news anchors on Thursday, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongly disagreed with this move. The ruling BJP released a press release when the INDIA bloc member parties revealed the list of 14 news anchors who had been targeted for a boycott, branding them the “Ghamandiya” (arrogant) alliance and vehemently condemning their activities.
Anil Baluni Denounces ‘Ghamandiya’ Alliance
Anil Baluni, the national media head of the BJP, stated in the press release, “By making such a highly regrettable decision, the ‘Ghamandiya’ alliance has once again unveiled its highly repressive, dictatorial, and negative mindset. The Bharatiya Janata Party vehemently criticizes the regrettable move taken by the I.N.D.I Alliance.” In the statement, it was made clear that the BJP was vehemently opposed to any such “derogatory mindset that obstructs freedom of expression.” In comparison to press suppression during the emergency period, the BJP’s statement noted that “The actions of political parties within the ‘Ghamandiya’ alliance, boycotting certain journalists, harken back to the repressive Emergency period when the media was stifled and silenced. Today, the ‘Ghamandiya’ alliance seems to operate with the same Emergency-era mentality and hostility towards the media.”
I.N.D.I. Alliance Accused of Suppressing Truth
The I.N.D.I. alliance’s outright threats against the media, according to the statement, resemble an effort to stifle the truth and show the alliance’s unwillingness to face the truth head-on. Additionally, it implied that the “Ghamandiya” alliance’s efforts to restrict the freedom of expression in Indian media may be motivated by outside pressure. The declaration reaffirmed that democracy is in place in the nation and that no one should be able to stifle or restrict the freedom and rights of the media. “The Bharatiya Janata Party appeals to all media organizations and dedicated, honest journalists to vehemently oppose political parties with such derogatory ideologies and continue fulfilling their responsibilities to the nation and our society without fear or favour. The BJP also encourages all journalists to resist the dictatorial approach of the ‘Ghamandiya’ alliance and uphold the Indian ethos and principles deeply embedded in our democratic system.”
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