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Ajit Pawar condemns I&B's move against journalists on fake news

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Kolhapur | Tuesday, Apr 3 2018 IST
Former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra and senior leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Ajit Pawar, on Tuesday condemned the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry's decision to take stern action against accredited journalists for giving fake news and said that due to pressure fromjournalists all over the country Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to revoke it within 24 hours.

Talking to reporters here this evening in the presence of Leader of Opposition in state Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde and NCP state president Sunil Tatkare, Mr Pawar said that the I&B Ministryhad decided to take action against the journalists for giving fake news under different criteria.

He further said that for first instance of fake news, the government would have cancelled his/her accreditation for six months, for the second instance for one year and in the case of third instance, permanently.

But within hours Mr Modi had to revoke this decision today following the solidarity of all journalists in the country against this decision, he said.

The announcement of guidelines for accredited journalists with regard to fake news showed that Mr Modi's government was moving towards dictatorship from democracy, he noted. "We will fight against BJP's such tendency by organising "Hallabol" rallies in the state," Mr Pawar asserted.

Hitting out at the BJP-led government both at the Centre and in the state, the NCP leader alleged that it has failed on all fronts and this was evident from rampant corruption in all sectors during last four years.

In his attack on the government, Mr Pawar further said that BJP had won the 2014 general election by selling dreams and giving false assurances but now the people were unhappy with BJP's poor performance both at Centre and in state, he observed. The former deputy chief minister said that the state's loan burden would jump up to Rs five lakh crore till next general election and pointed out that it was only Rs 2.5 lakh crore during the Congress-NCP regime.

He alleged that BJP has ruined the state by taking more loans.

Mr Pawar also said that the government announced the loan waiver but most of the farmers were deprived of its benefits. "As long as farmers do not get total loan waiver, we will continue to fight through "Hallabolo" agitations against the government," he asserted.

The NCP leader charged that government was trying to create communal rift between two groups in the state and averred that if police had taken effective steps, then communal violence like the Bhima-Koregaon would have been averted.

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