Arvind Kejriwal shocks, says media paid to promote BJP's Narendra Modi; retracts after row

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 14 2014, 21:41pm hrs
Arvind KejriwalHeavy amounts have been paid to promote Narendra Modi: Arvind Kejriwal (PTI)
Accusing the media of being "sold out" to promote BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal has threatened to send media people to jail after an inquiry into the issue if Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) comes to power.

"The whole media is sold out this time, it is a big conspiracy, it is a huge political controversy. If our government comes to power then we will set up an inquiry into this. And along with the media people, all will be sent to jail," he said, hitting out at the media for focusing on his security deployment.

Kicking off a fresh controversy, Arvind Kejriwal alleged that "heavy amounts" have been paid to promote Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi.

But he later denied having made the accusations against the media after his remarks came under attack from Congress, BJP and CPI.

"Since the last one year, we have been told that Narendra Modi is here, Modi is there. Since one year, Modi has also been saying that. Even some TV channels have been saying that 'Ram Rajya' has come and corruption has vanished....

"Why did they do it Because money has been paid to TV channels. Heavy amounts have been paid to promote Narendra Modi," Arvind Kejriwal alleged in a video aired by a TV channel.

"Around 800 farmers have committed suicide in Gujarat in the past 10 years, but none of the channels showed it," he alleged and added that farmers have sold their land to a company for just "one rupee but even this has not been shown by any channel".

However, as the video went viral, the AAP leader denied making the remarks.

"I didn't say that. I didn't say anything. How can I be upset with you (media)," Arvind Kejriwal said.