Amid Manish Sisodia arrest, Western media targets Narendra Modi


After AAP leader Manish Sisodia was arrested by CBI due to his connection in the Delhi Liquor case, several Western publications started to target the Modi government and project AAP’s position.

Britain-based The Independent has covered a story on Sisodia’s arrest and used the AAP’s statement of ‘State of Emergency’ to describe the situation.

Throughout the article, The Independent tried to project AAP as an alternative to BJP. It used the party’s Punjab victory to describe the party’s position and also said the arrest was made at the time when Kejriwal was trying to project him as an alternative to PM Narendra Modi.

While it explained AAP’s position in Punjab, the newspaper barely touched the party’s position in Chattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, where it suffered severe setbacks.

The newspaper highlighted AAP tweets along with the statements of other political leaders in the country like MP Sanjay Raut, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, TMC MP Derek O’Brien and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

American Newspaper New York Times didn’t mince its words in targeting Modi. It called Sisodia a top opposition leader. It explained AAP’s journey in its article and called the party was trying to project itself as an alternative to BJP.

It explained AAP’s journey as a party that rose from the anti-corruption moment before contesting in elections.

“The A.A.P., which rose from an anti-corruption movement a decade ago before winning election in the national capital territory, has portrayed itself as best positioned to put up a fight against the B.J.P., which has entrenched its hold across much of the country,” reported New York Times.

It also reported that AAP was emerging to take on BJP when Congress was struggling in countering Modi.

It used the statements of Political analyst and columnist, Neeaja Chowdary who said, “With that, the ruling government’s credibility also comes into question, because they have used federal agencies against political opponents, one after another.”

It highlighted the party’s performance in Gujarat, where it won 5 seats and in Delhi municipal elections, in which AAP emerged as the largest party. Similar to the Independent, it failed to mention those states, where AAP contested and failed to secure minimum vote percentage.

Interestingly, the Independent and New York Times didn’t mention Goa where AAP contested and won two MLAs in last year’s elections. ED, earlier alleged AAP used the money it earned from the Delhi Liquor scam for the Goa election campaign.

It is to be noted that New York Times, earlier ran a front-page story praising Delhi’s education model. Manish Sisodia was the education minister at that time. The newspaper is famous for running anti-Modi campaigns. It earlier posted a job opening offer, in which it said the newspaper was looking for anti-India, anti-Hindu candidates. It mocked India’s space achievements and ran several fake narratives, targeting Narendra Modi and India’s image on a global scale.

The same can be said about the Independent. It earlier published an article, in which it said Modi was targeting Indian Muslims with love jihad law.

It is known that after questioning Sisodia for eight hours in the Delhi liquor scam case, CBI arrested the former minister on Sunday (February 26).

Later, Sisodia was sent to the CBI remand by Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi. He challenged the court’s order on Supreme Court, which refused to intervene as Sisodia is booked under Public Money Laundering Act (PMLA). After failing to get relief from Supreme Court, Sisodia resigned from the minister posts, which was accepted by Arvind Kejriwal.

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