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Opposition slams Govt on BBC Documentary Ban, Jairam does verbal joust of Vajpayee’s Rajdharma Remark

The opposition parties have slammed the government and Prime Minister Modi for preventing access to a contentious BBC documentary about the 2002 Gujarat riots. Several opposition leaders have taken to social media to express their dismay and concern about the Government’s decision to gag Twitter and YouTube on the BBC Documentary.

Opposition parties slam Centre and PM Modi for blocking access to BBC’s controversial documentary on Gujarat 2002 riots

In the aftermath of the 2002 riots, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh uploaded a video clip of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee discussing ‘Rajdharma’ in the presence of then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Reaction from Opposition parties

In the Tweet , Ramesh questions Centre’s decision

“PM and his drumbeaters assert that the new BBC documentary on him is slanderous. Censorship has been imposed. Then why did PM Vajpayee want his exit in 2002, only to be pressurised not to insist by the threat of resignation by Advani? Why did Vajpayee remind him of his Rajdharma?”

TMC MP Mahua Moitra, a vocal critic of the current Union government, also wadded in and wrote on Twitter,

“Govt on war footing to ensure no one in India can watch a mere @BBC show. Shame that the emperor & courtiers of the world’s largest democracy are so insecure.”

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Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said, quoting German poet-writer Charles Bukowski,

“Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is rea.”

She also expressed her concerns about the ban, saying,

“In the age of VPN, how impactful are these bans under emergency clauses cited by the I&B Ministry to ban a BBC documentary.”

Further Chaturvedi added,

“The more they pour scorn on it, write protest letters, the more people would be curious to watch,”

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