CHENNAI: The BJP government's 24-hour-ban on NDTV's Hindi news channel has evoked strong reactions from two of Tamil Nadu's opposition leaders who compared the ban to the emergency period. In a statement here, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) patriarch M Karunanidhi said the action taken by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on NDTV India was an assault on freedom of expression.
He stated that the present action of the BJP government reminded him of the ‘Emergency times’ when his articles were banned for publication in DMK mouthpiece 'Murasoli'. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should intervene in this issue and guarantee that hereafter no action which would curtail the freedom of expression would be taken, he added.
“Otherwise, the charge being leveled that BJP government is functioning in an autocratic manner in the garb of democracy would become true,” he said Echoing similar sentiments, Vaiko said the Centre should immediately withdraw the ban. “If the Centre fails to do this, it would only prove that the BJP-led government at the Centre is moving on an undemocratic path,” he added.