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`BJP has undermined dignity of Jammu scribes, maligned their image'
Journos demand enquiry to ascertain truth
5/9/2019 12:02:28 AM
Early Times Report
Jammu, May 8: The alleged bribing of journalists of Leh by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leaders has become murkier with circulation of an audio-recording of General Secretary of Press Council Leh, who said that the BJP leaders claimed that giving money to the journalists is a culture in Jammu, which itself amounts to maligning the image of Jammu counterparts.
Tsewang Rigzin, was purportedly saying that when the journalists of Leh rejected the alleged bribe offered by BJP leader in envelops, he said that it was a culture in Jammu.
He repeated the allegations against Jammu journalists, levelled by BJP leaders and said that giving money to journalists was culture in Jammu.
"If the allegations attributed to BJP leaders by General Secretary are true then it is really shocking and shameful on part of leaders. BJP leaders are involved in undermining the dignity of Jammu journalists and also responsible for maligning their image", a journalist said.
He further said that the BJP leaders must explain to the media fraternity of Jammu as how many times they had offered money to the Jammu journalists. "Since decades the media fraternity of Jammu has been giving space to organizations, irrespective of their size and strength but blaming Jammu journalists for taking money from national parties amounts to abusing Jammu journalists", another journalist said, adding that an enquiry must be ordered to ascertain the veracity of the allegation and guilty must be punished.
On the other hand BJP leaders have claimed that the alleged Leh-journalist-bribe episode was orchestrated by anti-party forces to malign their image and in the envelopes, invitation cards were forwarded to the media persons, which was unusual as per the past practice as no such invitation cards were given to the media persons during press-conferences.
Moreover, the BJP leaders have also claimed that the Leh journalists relished lavish lunch for which BJP paid Rs. 11,000 bill. "Normally when 8-10 people dine together, the bill could be Rs. 1000-2000 but their lunch cost BJP Rs 11,000, isn't it also a type of bribe", MLC Randhawa questioned, while addressing media persons in Jammu.
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