Hyderabad: Amid the row over the government’s move to impose restrictions on the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao lashed out at centre calling the move one “reeking of intolerance”.
Describing the move, KCR levelled several questions on the BJP-led government and said “What will the world think about us? Such intolerance. Is this democracy? How can they do this,”.
He said, “BBC is a famous English channel worldwide. Based on the incidents in Godhra, Gujarat, they have made a documentary. It was banned.”
While referring to a case filed by a BJP advocate, Ashwini Upadhyay to ban BBC in India, KCR questioned, Why this arrogance? Is the BBC some local media outlet to be afraid of the Enforcement Directorate or PM Modi?”
“Where is their arrogance going? What good will it bring to our country?” KCR questioned.
Without mentioning any incident or naming anyone, KCR said, “when running such a big country and government, there may be a slip. We should accept it. Say sorry”.
“Unlike it, the BJP banned the BBC documentary. It shows whoever is against or speaks against the party, they ban him, or put them in jail”.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a PIL seeking a complete ban on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and BBC India from operating from Indian territory in the wake of airing the documentary titled, ‘India: The Modi Question’ relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots.
UK’s BBC two-part series attacking PM Modi’s tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister during the Gujarat riots of 2002 sparked outrage and was removed from select platforms.
(With Agency Inputs)
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