After Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s office alleged that Doordarshan and All India Radio had refused to broadcast his Independence Day address, Prasar Bharti clarified about why it wanted him to reframe his speech. On the morning of August 15, Sarkar was told about certain things which he should not mention in his speech. According to Indian Express, the part of Manik Sarkar’s un-aired speech included certain portions which targeted the BJP government. Though his speech did not mention any political party, but it mentioned in parts that the “spirit of secularism is under attack” and “conspiracies and attempts are under way to create an undesirable complexity and divisions in our society; to invade our national consciousness in the name of religion, caste and community, by inciting passions to convert India into a particular religion country and in the name of protecting the cow”.
The speech also mentioned about the Dalit rights being ‘under severe attack’ and how they have been ‘shattered’ in terms of security. It was then decided by the senior Delhi officials that Tripura CM’s I-Day speech was against the Broadcast code. U K Sahoo, Doordarshan’s protocol officer felt that the speech was controversial who was present during the recording in the evening of August 14.
A PTI report from Agartala quoted the Chief Minister’s office as saying, ”The Chief Minister clearly stated that he would not change a single word and described it as unprecedented, undemocratic, autocratic and intolerant step.”