BJP slams Congress for protesting against telecast of Mohan Bhagwat's speech

Delhi BJP on Sunday slammed Congress for demonstrating against Doordarshan for the live telecast of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's Dussehra speech , saying it has become a "vision less party".

PTI| Updated: Oct 05, 2014, 21:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi BJP on Sunday slammed Congress for demonstrating against Doordarshan for the live telecast of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's Dussehra speech , saying it has become a "vision less party".

"Congress in Delhi has become a visionless party whose leaders rejected by the citizens of Delhi keep raising petty issues to try and remain in media coverage," Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said here in reaction to the demonstration by Congress workers.

Scores of Congress workers and leaders today held a protest here demanding immediate resignation of Union Minister Prakash Javadekar accusing him of forcing Doordarshan to go for live telecast of Bhagwat's speech from Nagpur on October 2.

The Delhi Congress workers led by its chief Arvinder Singh Lovely were detained outside the DPCC office in central Delhi when they tried to carry out a procession towards Doordarshan (DD) office at Mandi House.

Mounting a direct attack on the BJP, Lovely has said the whole country knows that the RSS is an organisation which has always got enmeshed in controversies in its bid to spread communalism.

He alleged the direct telecast of the speech by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has hurt the sentiments of people who strongly uphold the principles of secularism.

Opposing the view taken by Congress, Upadhyay said, "The stress and message of Mohan Bhagwat's speech on Dussehra was on National unity and fruits of development going to all irrespective of caste, creed and religion. But for some fake seculars, the entire nation has lauded the address of Mohan Bhagwat."

Lashing back at Congress, he also said that "RSS is a socio-cultural organization whose activities influenced every third Indian directly for last seven decades, but Congress using its power clout stopped the government news mediums DD and AIR from covering healthy Sangh activities".

"Now with a free editorial policy DD took a right decision to cover Sangh Pramukhs Dussehra address," he said.

Upadhyay also questioned how Congress can find fault with DD for broadcast of the RSS chief's speech when it had allowed direct telecast of the Pope's address from Vatican on Christmas Day last year.

The live telecast of Bhagwat's address in Nagpur on October 3 by Doordarshan stoked a controversy with almost all major opposition parties accusing the government of "misusing" the state broadcaster while BJP defended it.

Lovely has also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologies to the people of the country on this matter. He said such an "unconstitutional incident had happened in the country for the first time, which would not be tolerated by the Congress party at any cost."

Chief spokesperson of Delhi Congress Mukesh Sharma has said RSS was a controversial religious and political organisation and showing Bhagwat's address live on Doordarshan was not at all acceptable.

Dismissing criticism over the issue, Javadekar had said that Prasar Bharati, which controls Doordarshan, takes its own decisions. He maintained that it was a "newsworthy" event covered by private channels too.

Lovely also questioned the silence of Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on this issue and alleged that he appeared to be in full agreement with the BJP on the matter.