From ‘Start-Up India’ To ‘Shut Up India’: Congress Questions I-T Survey At BBC Offices

| Updated: February 15, 2023 5:58 pm

The Congress criticised the Income Tax survey at the BBC’s offices on Wednesday and questioned what impression Prime Minister Narendra Modi was giving of India at a time when the nation is hosting the G-20.

Speaking on behalf of the party, Pawan Khera claimed that everyone who questions Prime Minister Modi about his background is being “raided” and charged the government for destroying the fourth pillar of democracy.

On Wednesday, the Income Tax Department’s investigation into BBC India went on for a second day, with investigators reportedly making copies of the organization’s financial records on paper and in electronic form. He claimed that the Modi government had consistently “strangulated, muzzled, and demolished” the Indian media simply because some of them, a very small number, have refused to support the BJP.

“When Modi ji was dreaming of becoming the prime minister of the country, then he was a dedicated follower of the same BBC. Demolishing the fourth pillar of democracy has now become a mundane thing in ‘New India’. Modi ji had promised to run ‘Start-Up India’, but in ‘Amrit kaal’ it has become ‘Shut Up India’,” the Congress leader said.

“By giving the slogan of ‘Mother of Democracy’, he himself has become the ‘father of hypocrisy’. What kind of justice is this Modi ji? If you get an award then boast about it using your PR (public relations) machinery to the whole wide world, and if the same media outlets, if the same international media sets your ‘record’ straight, then you unleash your arrogance of power.”

The spokesperson for the Congress claimed that Prime Minister Modi has officially acknowledged various accolades from foreign organisations. However, Khera said that when some foreign organisations criticised him, they were raided or labelled “anti-national.”

As part of an inquiry into potential tax evasion against the British broadcaster in India, the tax department had begun inspections on Tuesday at the BBC’s offices in Delhi and Mumbai as well as at least two connected locations. The incident occurred a few weeks after the broadcaster aired “India: The Modi Question,” a two-part documentary.

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