The BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “propaganda video” and a “disgraceful piece of shoddy journalism,” British MP Bob Blackman said that it should never have been released.
He also said that the documentary did not look at the “all-important fact” that India’s Supreme Court looked over the claims against Narendra Modi in connection with the 2002 riots and found that there is not a shred of evidence to support them.
Blackman also talked about the issue “around the review of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s tax affairs” in the context of the Income Tax department’s survey at its offices in India and said, “this is nothing new and has been going on for quite some time”.
He stated that discussions had taken place between the Income Tax authorities in India and the BBC, and that the broadcaster must adhere to the relevant rules and regulations.
Blackman, a Conservative MP for Harrow East, stated that as Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2002, Narendra Modi did his best to maintain calm during the riots.
Blackman accused the BBC documentary of casting aspersions and said it is extremely regrettable because it would seem as if there was some sort of agenda of BBC to disrupt UK-India relations. “I think that’s a great shame.”