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AAP’s Raghav Chadha slammed for ‘throwing down’ mic of journalist late to Chandigarh press meet

AAP functionaries and supporters have called the criticism a 'scripted attack' on Raghav Chadha and claimed that he had 'politely' put the mic aside. 

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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha faced criticism Tuesday after a video of him “throwing down” the microphone of a reporter who allegedly arrived late for his press conference in Chandigarh on 8 January went viral. 

Many journalists slammed the AAP MLA from Delhi’s Rajinder Nagar, who is the party’s Punjab co-in-charge, for his “arrogant” and “shameful” behaviour, while AAP functionaries and supporters called this a “scripted attack” on Chadha and claimed that he had “politely” put the mic aside. 

In the video, shortly after Chadha allegedly throws the mic, Jarnail Singh, AAP MLA from Delhi’s Tilak Nagar, who was also present at the press conference, is seen placing it in the centre of the table. 

According to another journalist, Chadha later also “called the channel owner to sack the video journalist”. AAP spokesperson Akshay Marathe has denied this claim.  

The Punjab Youth Congress claimed that this wasn’t the first time AAP had displayed its “dictatorial attitude”. 

While Chadha has not yet made any public statement on this, he retweeted several posts that argued that it was a “scripted attack” on him. Many users backed him, saying he “politely” put the mic aside as it was covering his phone, from which he was reading. 

Marathe also defended Chadha, criticising the “ridiculous nitpicking of @raghav_chadha moving a mic that was blocking his notes”.  

“Such desperation, simply shows lack of reasons to take on AAP in Punjab,” wrote a representative of the AAP national social media team. 

At the press conference in Chandigarh on 8 January, Chadha and Jarnail Singh spoke about various issues, including how there is “huge resentment among the people of Chandigarh because of the hidden alliance of Congress-BJP in the city”, accusing the two parties of working together to elect a BJP mayor despite the AAP having emerged as the largest bloc in the Chandigarh municipal elections in December.

(Edited by Rohan Manoj)

Also read: ‘AAP not what it claims’: Party workers clash in Jalandhar over ticket distribution


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