Published On: Sat, Nov 5th, 2016

Ban on NDTV: Country heading towards dictatorship, says Lalu

Lucknow, Nov 5: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday hit out at the BJP-led central government for the one-day ban handed over to NDTV India, terming it an attack on democracy and said the country is “heading towards dictatorship”.

“Today you have seen what has happened to NDTV, they (government) said that you (channel) showed the Pathankot terror attack,” Lalu said, addressing the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Samajwadi Party here.

“Ban on NDTV is an attack on democracy. This country is heading towards dictatorship,” he stressed.

Lalu also said that since the NDTV channel “exposes certain people”, it has been targeted by the government. 

The RJD leader’s remarks came after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting directed the Hindi news channel to go off air from the midnight of November 8 to midnight of November 9 for allegedly breaching broadcast norms in its coverage of the January 2 terror attack on the IAF base in Pathankot. 

The RJD chief also asserted that there is no rift in the Samajwadi Party. 

“There is no rift in the Samajwadi Party, and we gave proof by bringing Akhilesh Babu (Yadav) and Shivpal Babu (Singh Yadav) together on stage,” he said. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal, the SP state unit chief, are not on amicable terms. 

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lalu said, “We have seen the condition of Jammu and Kashmir for the last 100 days.”