NDTV India ban: As the controversy over the one-day blackout over NDTV India channel reaches the Supreme Court, the government has come out in support of its order and said, “Congress has no right to criticise the government, if they point fingers, it will revert to them, 21 channels had faced the ban during UPA regime.”
On Monday, NDTV India had moved the apex court challenging government’s order to blackout NDTV India (NDTV’s Hindi arm) and termed it as ‘unconstitutional’. Channel’s move had provided a chance to opposition to criticise the government and Congress Vice President, addressing a meeting, said, “Under the present government, the democracy is going through one of the darkest hours.”
In the backdrop of Gandhi’s remarks, Naidu said, “Democracy has never been this vibrant, people from all walks of life feel they have a say in government issues. During the emergency opposition was put behind bars, democratic rights were trampled, civil liberty was curtailed and censorship was imposed on media.”
21 channels were banned during UPA regime, some were banned for airing midnight masala :Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu pic.twitter.com/2twfaUqlFc
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“People who are criticising this action (ban on TV channels) are the same people who had put behind bars an artist for cartoons and now, that party is talking about democracy and fundamental rights” Naidu alleged.
Naidu also attacked previous UPA government. He said, “21 channels were banned during UPA regime, some were banned for airing midnight masala.” He also took on Congress party personally. “Congress party is getting frustrated because they’re losing state after state. Congress has no right to criticise, if they point fingers, it will revert to them. They’ve curtailed press and civil freedom during the emergency.”