JK News Today

NEW DELHI,  November 19 ( JKNT) Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal  today charged  British Broadcasting Corporation ( BBC)  with  dishonesty  and non-professionalism .

He leveled these charges when the reporter sought to know that how  can the 55 deaths be linked to the  demonetization policy  announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 when he declared that the high value Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes ceased to be legal tender.

Arvind Kejriwal  questioned the BBC for  trivializing deaths  of the people who died in queues – a man died  because he had no money for his daughter’s wedding , another person died  of heart attack  while standing in queues for exchanging bank notes . The reporters  agreed with Delhi Chief Minister but wanted a definite proof for his allegation  of this magnitude of linking all these deaths to the demonetization.

This led to an heated argument between Kejriwal and the BBC reporters . Kejriwal also asked  the reporters to tell how could Janardhan Reddy could organize wedding of his daughter with Rs. 500 crore. “ It was a backdoor delivery to the people  having black money and BJP patronage,” he alleged.

He got further irritated when the BBC told him that it was not their job to investigate how the people died, while they substantiated his assertion that deaths have taken place but simply wanted to  know the link between deaths and the demonetization .


Kejriwal, who has been very vocal about his displeasure about the note ban, called the reporter and the channel corrupt after he pointed out that the deaths need to be probed and cannot be attributed directly to the cash drive without proof.


The argument irked the AAP leader considerably.

“Yeh janta dekh rahi hai ke BBC waale kitne imaandaar hain. Fifty-five people have died over the issue (demonetisation) and BBC says we can’t link this to demonetisation. This is their honest journalism.”