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Kejriwal lashes out at ‘biased’ media

Even as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has launched a scathing attack on the media for its “biases and prejudices” and called for public trial of some media groups for making factually incorrect claims, the Aam Aadmi Party on Monday came out in support of its leader Kumar Vishwas and accused the media of twisting the facts.

After the Delhi Commission for Women issued summons to Mr. Vishwas on a complaint by a woman party volunteer, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the media’s sole objective was seemingly to malign the party’s image.

Mr. Singh asked the media to refrain from targeting the AAP without hard and tangible evidence and spare the family members of party leaders from their adverse reporting.

“I request the media not to be part of a premeditated strategy to target the AAP. Please report if you have facts and evidence to support such facts. But please do not show concocted stories which have no basis,” said Mr. Singh, addressing a press conference.

The AAP leader called upon the “friends in the media” to only report on the party leaders and not involve their families in their (media’s) professional work. “Our wives and children will be disturbed by such stories. Please spare them.”

Mr. Singh pointed out that the woman in question had not spoken of any illicit relationship in any of her complaints made to the Delhi Police or the Women’s Commission. “On the contrary, she has complained about the attempts to put her in a negative light,” he said.

On Sunday, Mr. Kejriwal lashed out at the media and alleged that a large section of the media had taken a “Supari” (contract) for finishing off the AAP.

He claimed that a big conspiracy was going on to ruin the party and favoured public trial of the media.

Defends Tomar

Speaking at the inauguration of a news portal, Mr. Kejriwal also defended his Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, who is facing charges of acquiring a fake law degree.

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