Hours after the Revenue Tax Division performed searches on the premises of the Dainik Bhaskar Group, the Opposition hit out on the authorities Thursday, calling it a “brazen try” to “scare the media” and “suppress the voice of reality”, and a “brutal try and stifle democracy”.
Countering the allegations, Info and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur stated there isn’t a interference within the functioning of presidency businesses.
“Businesses are doing their work. We’re not interfering in that. Secondly, I need to say that full data ought to be taken. Many occasions due to lack of awareness, many points come up that are removed from the reality,” Thakur informed reporters.
No less than three Opposition Chief Ministers criticised the federal government over the I-T searches.
West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, in Twitter posts, described the I-T searches as an “assault on journalists and media homes” and “one other brutal try and stifle democracy”.
She stated Dainik Bhaskar “bravely reported” the best way Prime Minister Narendra Modi “mishandled all the Covid disaster and led the nation to its most horrifying days amid a raging pandemic”. Condemning “this vindictive act that goals to suppress voices that convey out the reality”, she urged the media to “keep robust”.
Her Rajasthan counterpart Ashok Gehlot was additionally scathing in his criticism, calling the I-T searches “a brazen try and suppress the voice of media”.
He stated the Modi authorities “can’t tolerate even an iota of criticism”.
“By indulging in such actions and gagging media, the Modi authorities needs to convey the message that if the media doesn’t turn out to be Godi-Media then its voice will probably be suppressed,” Gehlot stated.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated the searches had been an try and “scare the media”.
“Their message is evident – those that communicate in opposition to the BJP authorities won’t be spared. Such a mindset could be very harmful. All people ought to elevate their voice in opposition to this,” he stated.
Addressing a press convention, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi stated the searches spotlight “the damaging, dismissive, and draconian nature of the BJP authorities”.
“They’ve been utilizing businesses to coerce free speech together with substantial segments of the press. They’ve inaugurated a fascist period of worry,” he stated.
Congress chief and Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh stated: “By its reporting, Dainik Bhaskar has uncovered the Modi regime’s monumental mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s now paying the worth. An Undeclared Emergency as Arun Shourie has stated — this can be a Modified Emergency.”
CPM basic secretary Sitaram Yechury stated: “The Modi authorities’s raid raj received’t work. It’s making an attempt to scare and muzzle the reality from surfacing. However just like the lifeless our bodies floating within the Ganga, the Modi authorities can’t cover. The misuse of Central businesses for intimidation is condemnable.”