Mangaluru, Nov 25,2014 : Senior Congress leader and former union minister B Janardhana Poojary has come down heavily on his own party leader and state energy minister DK Shivakumar for curbing the Freedom of Press. Poojary’s remarks comes in the wake of reports that it was at the orders of the minister that two private TV channels TV9 and News9 were taken off air across the state.
Speaking to media men here on November 25, Tuesday, Poojary said Shivakumar has erred by doing so and urged him to admit his mistake. He also urged the minister not to embarrass the Chief minister as well as his party through such actions.
Poojary further said as a well-wisher he would request Shivakumar to correct himself and refrain from spoiling the party’s image.He also made a request to the Chief Minister to intervene in the matter.
On the brewing controversy in Udupi over District Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake’s reported comments on Shobha Karandlaje with regard to the “Kiss of Love” campaign, Poojari accused the BJP of blowing up the issue and politicising it.
As usual, when referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife as well as the latest reports regarding the RTI application filed by her to know about her security, Poojary said “If at all Modi has compassion, then he should bring his wife back home.” “It was because of his wife’s prayers that Modi became the Prime Minister,” Poojary said.