The Congress accused the Modi government of “crushing voices of dissent” and attacked it over its performance in the last three years, calling it a “hero on TV and zero on the ground”….reports Asian Lite News
Briefing reporters after a meeting of the Congress Working Committee, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government had failed to fulfill its promises to various sections, including the youth and farmers.
He alleged that government machinery was being used to “silence voices of dissent”.
Azad, who was accompanied by Congress leaders Mukul Wasnik, A.K. Antony and P. Chidambaram, said the government may celebrate its three years and congratulate itself on television, but its performance has been disappointing.
“This is a government of slogans and publicity. It is hero on TV and zero on the ground,” Azad said.
“Even the media which does not toe the government line, how it has been dealt with, we saw yesterday,” Azad said.
He was referring to CBI searches on Monday at the house of NDTV network’s co-founder Prannoy Roy for allegedly causing financial losses to a private bank.
“Yesterday, we were seeing shamelessness. People have vanished with thousands of crores of bank money, what happened in Rs 50 crore that the government got rattled?” Azad said.
The CBI had registered a case against Roy, his wife Radhika, a private company and conducted searches at his south Delhi residence and his house in Dehradun for “loss of Rs 48 crore to ICICI Bank”.
Meanwhile The Editors Guild of India yesterday expressed concern over the raids conducted by the CBI on the premises of NDTV network’s premises and houses of its co-founder Prannoy Roy, saying it “condemns any attempt to muzzle the media”.
The Guild also called upon the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to follow the “due process of law”.
In a statement, Guild’s President Raj Chengappa said: “The Editors Guild of India expresses its deep concern over the raids conducted by the CBI on the offices of NDTV and its promoters today (Monday).”
“Entry of police and other agencies into the media offices is a serious matter. NDTV, in various statements, has denied any wrong doing and termed the raids as ‘stepping up the concerted harassment’ of the news channel and an attempt to ‘undermine democracy and free speech’ and ‘silence the media’,” said the statement.
“While the Editors Guild maintains that no individual or institution is above the law, the Guild condemns any attempt to muzzle the media and calls upon the CBI to follow the due process of law and ensure there is no interference in the free functioning of news operations,” the statement added.
In a move that sparked outrage and which NDTV said was “a blatant political attack on the freedom of press”, the CBI on Monday conducted searches at the houses of the news network’s co-founder Prannoy Roy for allegedly causing financial losses to a private bank.