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.”