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‘TV channel favouring AAP’

What prompted the BJP president, who is considered to be the second most powerful man in the party, to lose his cool on mediapersons? A journalist from the channel had asked why the BJP has “borrowed” its Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi for the Delhi elections. Replying to this, Shah said: “A TV channel is having an agenda to launch the Aam Aadmi Party and help (Arvind) Kejriwal win elections in Delhi. There cannot be a bigger example of yellow journalism than this.”

When some media persons mostly of TV channels asked angrily as to how he could decide which channel public should watch, Shah said: “I have expressed my opinion and its on the people whether to take it or not.” Few channels had reported that Arvind Kejriwal is emerging as the most popular Chief Ministerial candidate in Delhi that has led to concerns in the BJP camp.

While defending the inclusion of Bedi into the party he said: “The BJP had always been in favour of inclusion of eminent personalities from different walks of lives into its fold and Kiran Bedi is one such example.” When asked that Bedi had asked leaders of India Against Corruption (IAC) to go soft on BJP, Shah added: “India Against Corruption was not Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). She has been an outstanding police officer who fought against corruption throughout her life.”

Claiming that her induction was a right move, he said: “Women in Delhi have faith on her as she has done much for their security.”

On the context of government formation in Jammu & Kashmir, he said: “We are having talks with PDP but it is too early to comment on how and when a government will be formed there.”

Interestingly, BJP MP and actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha was not present in the programme in Patna. “He was very much present in the party programme yesterday (Friday). But, today because of a marriage in his family he was not there,” Shah said.
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