Ruckus at Delhi Secretariat after media denied entry, Sisodia boycotts press meet
Days after forming government in the national capital, the maiden press conference of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was left in total chaos on Monday.
New Delhi: Days after forming government in the national capital, the maiden press conference of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was left in total chaos on Monday.
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia left the press conference after journalists wanted party's clarification over media's entry inside the secretariat.
According to media reports, journalists were furious over the complete ban of media inside the Secretariat premises.
As media persons protested and demanded an answer to the ban of even accredited journalists inside the Delhi government office, Sisodia, without giving any answer, just walked-off from the press conference.
The press conference, scheduled to be addressed by Sisodia and Delhi government spokesperson Nagendra, had to be called off following a heated argument among media persons, including journalists, TV crew, and photographers, gathered there.
Sisodia returned to his office after arriving for the press conference as he could not speak due to constant disruptions created by media persons, including cameramen.
"This is not the way to organise a press conference. Media persons need to cooperate even though minor problems may occur during a press conference," Sisodia said to the reporters after being requested to address the press conference, as per IANS.
He then returned to his office and refused to take calls from reporters. Claiming that they had received verbal instructions from the officials, security personnel deputed in the secretariat did not allow media persons to enter the premises.
The media people waited for the deputy CM for over 45 minutes, but he did not turn up again.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said,“Very unfortunate showdown between media and AAP government.”
Earlier in the day, media was not allowed entry into the Delhi Secretariat on the first working day of the AAP government. Journalists from both print and electronic media were denied entry.
In 2013, the AAP government had restricted media entry inside the secretariat. Media-persons were not allowed to visit the rooms of ministers and other offices inside the Delhi Secretariat.
(With Agency inputs)