In an attempt to quell rumours of political affiliation, Zee News chairman, Subhash Chandra on Monday went on live TV to make a desperate plea on perceptions that his news channel favours BJP.
He appeared on Zee news’ prime time show DNA, presented by anchor Sudhir Chaudhary, seeking to clarify that his was not a BJP channel as being alleged on social media.
Chandra appearing on his news channel to speak for over 10 minutes assumes significance in light of the criminal case being filed by Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal government against the channel on Monday.
Chandra sought to distance his channel’s allegiance from the saffron party while showering praises on Narendra Modi and his government in the same breath.
Addressing the BJP supporters, he said that they ought to have understood that his was not the saffron party’s mouthpiece.
Delhi government on Monday had ordered criminal action against the three news channels, who allegedly broadcast doctored videos on the JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar.
The order, according to a top government source, was issued by the deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the Revenue portfolio.
Interestingly, Subhash Chandra has never hidden his association with the BJP, having actively campaigned in their ticket in Hissar, Haryana during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Presently, the Delhi government’s decision to proceed with criminal proceedings for doctoring video against JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar has only added to Zee News’ negative views among the general public.