AAP must cite reasons for banning media in Delhi Secretariat: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday sought Aam Aadmi Party's response for not allowing the media to enter the Delhi Secretariat for the second consecutive day.
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday sought Aam Aadmi Party's response for not allowing the media to enter the Delhi Secretariat for the second consecutive day.
While saying that media is the fourth pillar of democracy, Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta asked the newly formed Arvind Kejriwal government to give reasons for banning the media.
The BJP leader expressed hope that the AAP government will take decision in favour of the media.
Meanwhile, senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh, said that the party respects the media and there is a media centre in the Secretariat where it can meet anyone by taking appointment.
Earlier, Congress saw "striking similarities" in AAP and BJP's style of governance after Arvind Kejriwal's government in Delhi banned media from the state secretariat on its first working day.
Congress leader Manish Tewari tweeted:
Striking Similarities- AAP&BJP's Governance style PM as Gujrat CM banned Media from Gujarat Secretariat AAP in both it's stints emulates him
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) February 17, 2015
Media was not allowed entry into the Delhi Secretariat yesterday, which was the first working day of the AAP government.
Journalists from both print and electronic media were denied entry.
On Monday, the first working day of the AAP government, media persons were barred from entering the Delhi Secretariat following a scuffle among some journalists, TV crew and photographers.
A press conference by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Delhi government spokesperson Nagendra Sharma was called off following the scuffle.
Security personnel at the secretariat said they have directions from government officials not to allow in media persons.
However, the Delhi government spokesperson denied any such directive was issued by the government banning the entry of journalists inside the secretariat.