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Amit Shah, Jaishankar lead BJP protest against Goswami arrest, Congress calls out ‘hypocrisy’

Shiv Sena, which is in office in Maharashtra with NCP and Congress, said being a journalist didn’t grant Arnab Goswami immunity from the charges against him. 

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New Delhi: Union ministers Amit Shah and S. Jaishankar led the chorus of protest that erupted in the BJP following Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami’s arrest Wednesday. 

The Shiv Sena, which is in office in Maharashtra with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, said being a journalist didn’t grant Goswami immunity from the charges against him. The Congress, meanwhile, accused the BJP of hypocrisy in its calls for freedom of the press, citing the arrest last month of a Kerala journalist who is believed to have been on his way to Hathras, Uttar Pradesh — led by the BJP — to cover the alleged gang rape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit woman.

Goswami was arrested by Maharashtra Police Wednesday morning in connection with a 2018 case in which he is accused of abetting the suicide of an architect and his mother by allegedly not paying him for an assignment.

Goswami’s arrest led several senior BJP leaders to train their guns at Maharashtra’s ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) combine, with many describing it as a throwback to the days of the Emergency under former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. 

Home Minister Shah called Goswami’s arrest a “blatant misuse of state power”, saying “Congress and its allies have shamed democracy once again”. 

His external affairs colleague Jaishankar suggested the decision had “shades of Emergency”. 

BJP national president J.P. Nadda said the journalist’s arrest is “another instance of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi-directed antic of silencing those who disagree with them”.

“India didn’t forgive Indira Gandhi for the Emergency. India never forgave Rajiv Gandhi for his assault on press freedom. And now, India will again punish Sonia-Rahul Gandhi for their brazen and intimidating use of state power to get equal with journalists,” Nadda added. 

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya, and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad were among the other party leaders who decried Goswami’s arrest. 

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said Goswami’s arrest brings back “memories of the Emergency”. 

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Goswami is paying the price for “exposing” the Congress party. 


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Reactions from Shiv Sena, Congress 

Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi responded to the criticism by asking “under which IPC sections or Press Freedoms are journalists allowed exemption from payment of their dues?” 

“Can someone tell me what cases are applicable on defaulters who don’t pay up on terms agreed upon in an agreement. What if non payment of dues leads to the aggrieved party taking extreme step of taking own life&in the suicide note mention their reason? Should law apply or not?” Chaturvedi added. 

Youth Congress leader Srivatsa said Goswami is “crying like a baby that he was assaulted by the Police” even though he had “applauded & even demanded Police Brutality against citizens during the anti-CAA protests”

Congress spokesperson Shama Mohammed hit out at Shah for coming out in support of Goswami while never speaking up about the Kerala journalist, who was slapped with the draconian Unlawful Activities Protection Act (UAPA). 


Also Read: Editors Guild calls Arnab Goswami arrest ‘extremely distressing’, asks for fair treatment


 

 

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Why did not Shah and Jaishankar lead a protest against China after Indian land was taken ? Why are they so concerned about a local nobody ?

  2. Let’s cut short the bullshit. An ordinary citizen has accused the anchor of abetment to suicide of her family members. She has waited for a long time for her case to be addressed. The Maharashtra government has nothing to do with it. The Mumbai police are just doing their job.

    Let the justice system deal with it. Let Arnab be acquitted quickly if he is not proven guilty. He should not be harassed by police whatsoever like the way he harassed others and spread hate in his channel. The police should show professionalism in handling him and respect his rights. But all are equal before the law. It goes without saying that the rights of the ordinary citizen must also be respected and justice should be demonstrated.

  3. Many of us would not mind if Cowswami is encountered in the Indian tradition that he symbolises. He has been using his office to carry out RSS-BJP agenda, constantly spewing hate.

  4. Hypocritical fools like Shah and Irani are talking about Democracy as though they religiously followed it. Do they even know the meaning of that word. If they did, then they would have protested against the Hathras incident.

  5. It may be that emergency like powers are being used cleverly by Uddhav. But he is not the first. Shah and Co have used such powers to stall the CBI probe into the Karnataka mining scam, to open a 2011 IT return of Rahul which was closed long ago and to discharge many accused form serious cases even before trial It is just that Shah has met his match in Uddhav.

  6. Maharashtra now reminds us of Colombia.
    The decrepit rust bucket of a joke – the Congress party is showing how much “criminal power” it still wields in this country.
    Is this how low we have fallen that the Central Government will turn a blind eye towards the lawlessness in Maharashtra?
    Are they afraid of Sonia G?

  7. Now we know when Godi chief is poked who feels the prick….

    For me 1 minister’s tweet stood out:

    ‘Minister of Women and Child development’ comments angrily within couple of hours about a Chamcha noise box being arrested.
    Takes 1 week to be angry about Rahul Gandhi visiting Hathras, but not a word for the victim.

  8. Well, all political parties have an agenda in supporting or opposing the arrest of Arnab Goswami. But, most absurd post is by Priyanka Chaturvedi, who quit congress to Join SS. She must consult someone who knows law before posing the eloquently stupid questions. If one owes money to another and does not pay, it is a civil dispute to be decided by a civil court. How do Mah Police exercise jurisdiction in a civil case. They ought to have turned down the complaint of the Architect’s daughter. But, Priyanka Chaturvedi is too busy to pay attention to facts and law.

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