The INDIA alliance, a united front comprising various opposition parties in India, has made headlines by releasing a roster of 14 television anchors with whom none of its member parties will collaborate. These anchors stand accused by the alliance of overseeing news discussions characterized by divisive and hate-filled content.
They’ve officially stated their decision to abstain from participating in programs hosted by the following anchors: Aman Chopra, Amish Devgan, and Anand Narasimhan from News18; Chitra Tripathi and Sudhir Chaudhary representing Aaj Tak; Gaurav Sawant and Shiv Aroor of India Today; Prachi Parashar from India TV; Arnab Goswami at Republic Bharat; Rubika Liyaquat of Bharat 24; Navika Kumar and Sushant Sinha of Times Now Navbharat; Aditi Tyagi from Bharat Express; and Ashok Shrivastav at DD News.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wasted no time in responding to the INDIA alliance’s action. BJP Chief JP Nadda swiftly criticized the alliance, accusing them of both disparaging the ‘Sanatana’ culture and trying to intimidate the media.
In a statement released on Twitter,’ Nadda asserted that this mindset reminiscent of the Emergency era still lingers among these parties. He further contended that the Congress party has a history of intimidating the media and stifling dissenting voices, citing numerous instances.
Furthermore, BJP’s National Media In-charge Anil Baluni posted, “The decision by the INDI Alliance parties to boycott and threaten journalists is highly condemnable, reflecting their oppressive and dictatorial thinking. BJP strongly opposes this mentality of the Alliance.”
In addition, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma remarked, “Today, the INDI alliance has boycotted certain journalists. Those who were previously advocating for freedom of speech have displayed an intolerant attitude by boycotting news anchors. If these individuals were to assume government roles, their first action might be to impose press censorship.”