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Editors Guild slams BJP’s Amit Malviya for ‘McCarthyist’ Twitter poll on Rajdeep Sardesai

BJP’s IT head Amit Malviya had run a poll on Twitter asking if noted journalist Rajdeep Sardesai should handle PR for ISIS.

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New Delhi: The Editors Guild of India has slammed the BJP’s information technology head Amit Malviya for conducting a “McCarthyist social media poll” on noted journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.

On 27 December, Malviya ran a Twitter poll asking if Sardesai should handle public relations (PR) for terror group ISIS.

Taking note of the poll, The Editors Guild termed it a “deplorable act”.

“The Editors Guild of India has noted with deep dismay and concern the deplorable act of Amit Malviya, the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Information Technology cell, in which he conducted an offensive, McCarthyist social media ‘poll’ on noted journalist Rajdeep Sardesai,” said the Guild, of which Sardesai is a former president.

It added: “The poll on Twitter was not only tasteless, it also questioned the integrity and patriotism of Mr Sardesai, who is a journalist of standing and a former President of the Editors Guild of India.”

The Guild said the poll raises questions on the BJP’s commitment to free speech and urged the party to reprimand Malviya.

“The Twitter poll by a national head of the BJP also raises questions on the party’s commitment to healthy debate and dissent without allowing disagreement to degenerate into abuse,” the Guild said. “The Guild urges Mr Malviya to immediately withdraw the so-called Twitter poll, and the BJP to caution him strongly.”

The controversial tweet

Malviya’s Sardesai poll gave users four options — agree, strongly agree, disagree, he is irrelevant.

It immediately drew a response from the journalist, who termed it “incendiary and slanderous”.

The poll also drew flak on social media. Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted that “this kind of exercise is a disgrace coming from the spokesman of a supposedly national party”.

Malviya, however, has refused to back down. He tweeted again later in the day, responding to a Sardesai tweet on the Citizenship Amendment Act protests, again making the PR reference.

Also read: Editors Guild condemns police ‘brutality against journalists’ covering CAA protests


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  1. Amit we are with you this desai ian paid agent of you know well all knows he needs more beating like New York type

  2. Editors Guild of India is full of hypocrites, dishonest and even anti-India forces. They pretend not to recognise their own faces in the mirror. Rajdeep Sardesai carries NDTVS hate propaganda against RSS/BJP/Modi.

  3. Normally, a depraved comment such as this one would have been unworthy of a response. However, as Ms Swati Chaturvedi has pointed out, this is like painting a target on someone’s back, as happened with the late Gauri Lankesh.

    • BJP spokesperson have such extreme views. They have none of the wit, tact or diplomacy. They are just brash and brazen and have no appeal, intellectual or otherwise.

    • 67% of what? Even among bjp supporters who actually answered this absurd poll, a whole 1/3 actually called out malvia! Glad. Resistance is alive even among bhakts…not all of them are of the andh variety.

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