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Why did Vajpayee remind Modi of 'raj dharma': Congress targets govt over BBC documentary 'censorship'

BBC documentary on the Gujarat riots 2002 triggered controversy in India. India called it a 'piece of propaganda. However, Congress criticised the government's alleged move to 'censor' the documentary.

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 New Delhi Updated on: January 21, 2023 23:59 IST
Congress slams Centre over ongoing BBC documentary row
Image Source : PTI/FILE Congress slams Centre over ongoing BBC documentary row

The Congress on Saturday targeted Modi government for the "censorship" of a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

The grand old party asked the government why had then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee reminded then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi of 'raj dharma' after the 2002 riots in the state.

Controversy over BBC documentary

The Centre has issued directions for blocking multiple YouTube videos and Twitter posts sharing links to the documentary "India: The Modi Question", according to sources.

India call BBC documentary "propaganda piece"

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had earlier slammed the documentary as a "propaganda piece" that lacked objectivity and reflected a colonial mindset.

The MEA had condemned the BBC Panorama programme, which has not been screened in India, alleging it was designed "to push a particular discredited narrative".

“The bias, lack of objectivity and continuing colonial mindset is blatantly visible," MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told reporters during a press briefing in New Delhi on Thursday when asked about the controversial series.

Reacting to the developments, Congress general secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh said on Twitter, "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 pressured not to insist by the threat of resignation by Advani?" he said.

Why did Vajpayee remind him of his 'raj dharma', Ramesh asked.

The Congress leader also attached a video clip of Vajpayee talking about "raj dharma" with the then Gujarat chief minister, Modi, sitting next to him.

The BBC documentary claims it investigated certain aspects relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state.

AICC general secretary organisation K C Venugopal had on Friday alleged that Modi "is still scared of the truth about 2002 coming out 21 years later".

Also Read: Govt blocks tweets sharing BBC documentary critical of PM Modi, say sources 

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