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Congress alleges Doordarshan censored script

Reference to CM dropped, says Sawant

The Maharashtra Congress on Monday alleged that under pressure from the government, public broadcaster Doordarshan tried to silence the voice of the opposition parties by forcing changes in the original voter awareness script of the party.

“This incident is infuriating and also takes away the constitutional right to oppose the government and present an individual’s opinion,” Sachin Sawant, general secretary and spokesperson of the Congress, said.

According to Mr. Sawant, the party’s script said, “In the last five years, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has done nothing but lie.” A complaint filed by him with Doordarshan said that the sentence has been omitted from the approved script. “These words were changed by the scrutiny committee of the Doordarshan,” the Congress leader claimed.

He said the manner in which the changes were made is condemnable and the Congress will not record the script till Doordarshan provides an explanation as to why those words were removed.

“And Doordarshan should also give in writing as to whether it feels that the Chief Minister only speaks the truth. Until all this is done, the Congress will not record the script,” he said.

Channel approves script

By evening, following the objection registered by the Congress, the scrutiny committee of three officers approved a similar script by removing the name of Mr. Fadnavis, as he is a leader holding a political position, and said this norm shall be applicable to all similar cases.

The committee, in its letter to Mr. Sawant, said that the line will read: “In the last five years, the Chief Minister has done nothing but lie.”

Mr. Sawant said, “It is good that finally Doordarshan had to agree to our demand. We wanted to send a message and this will surely help us. We will record the script on Tuesday.”

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