Tharoor and 6 journalists — Mrinal Pande, Rajdeep Sardesai, Vinod Jose, Zafar Agha, Paresh Nath and Anant Nath — have been booked by police in some BJP-ruled states over their allegedly deceptive tweets on the violence in the course of the farmers’ tractor rally in Delhi on Republic Day.
Reacting to the event, Priyanka Gandhi stated the development of the BJP authorities threatening public representatives and journalists by submitting FIRs is “very harmful”.
“Respecting democracy isn’t the federal government’s prerogative however it’s its duty. The ambiance of worry is like poison for democracy,” she stated in a tweet in Hindi.
“The BJP authorities has torn to shreds the dignity of democracy by FIRs towards senior journalists and public representatives,” she stated.
In an announcement, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala stated, “The BJP governments on the Centre and in states are hell-bent on brutally and blatantly silencing each contrarian or dissenting voice somehow.”
In doing so, it’s resorting to threats, intimidation and coercion that appear to be exceeding the overreach of even the “draconian Press Act of 1910 and the Rowlatt Act of 1919”, he stated referring to the British-era legal guidelines.
“The FIR filed towards senior journalists and editors and a Congress MP is a transparent reduce occasion of strangulating democracy by the BJP and its leaders,” Surjewala stated.
“‘Both you need to be with us, or we are going to use state equipment to harass and bulldoze you’ is completely embedded within the Modi authorities’s DNA,” he alleged.
The bedrock of BJP’s ‘New India’ is predicated on creating an environment of worry by systematically concentrating on its detractors and labelling all dissenting voices as ‘anti-national’, he claimed.
“No phase of the society, be it farmers, youth, Dalits, tribals, ladies or any widespread citizen with a aware various view has been spared by this concerted modus operandi of the Prime Minister, House Minister and varied BJP CMs, particularly Yogi Adityanath of UP,” Surjewala stated.
All the nation has witnessed how ministers within the Modi authorities have repeatedly spewed venom towards the lakhs of farmers who’ve been protesting in a largely peaceable method for the final 70 days, he alleged.
“Dismantling that aspect of the fourth pillar – the media – which doesn’t toe the slated line of the BJP, whereas defending the one which does, exposes BJP’s utter hypocrisy,” he stated.
The Congress strongly condemns the FIR towards senior editors and a Congress MP, which is nothing however one other step within the path of “legal intimidation of dissent, taken by this tyrannical authorities,” he stated demanding that the FIRs be quashed.
Tharoor and the six journalists have been booked by the Noida Police for sedition, amongst different fees, over the violence in the course of the farmers’ tractor rally in Delhi, officers stated on Thursday.
Madhya Pradesh police have additionally filed a First Info Report (FIR) towards Tharoor and the six journalists over their ‘deceptive’ tweets on the violence in the course of the farmers’ tractor rally in Delhi.