"My comment was on the social media. It was with regards to the issue related to the northeast students who were being targeted in Hyderabad and Karnataka. It was not on journalists," he said.
HT had asked for readers' opinion on Shinde's remarks. In a poll put out on Tuesday, HT had queried "Do you believe in Sushilkumar Shinde's clarification on his 'crush media' remark?"
87% of the voters did not believe in Shinde's clarification and answered in the negative. While 11% answered "yes, I do", 1% didn't have an opinion on the issue.