New Delhi: Congress Wednesday said any move to
ban private TV networks from Karnataka legislature in the wake of the porngate scandal would be reflective of the "fascist"
attitude of the BJP.
"If there is a knee-jerk reaction by the BJP...shooting
the messenger rather than reading the message...it is not
surprising as it is guiding principle of their conduct all
through", party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.
He alleged that from what the "candid camera" showed in
the Tehelka scam to restriction on media in Karnataka, BJP is
"completely consistent with its totalitarian, intolerant and
Tewari was responding to questions regarding plans by the
Karnataka legislature to resurrect an old proposal to launch
its own TV channel against the backdrop of private
channels airing the porn-watching episode involving three
Karnataka Chief Minister Sadanand Gowda has, however,
ruled out banning regional channels in both Houses after they
showed ex-ministers Laxman Savadi, C C Patil and Krishna
Palemar watching obscene video clippings in the assembly on
The three subsequently had to tender their resignations
from ministry following public outrage.