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I&B ministry to channels: Don't belittle PM speech

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 30, 2013
First Published: 01:14 IST(30/10/2013) | Last Updated: 02:01 IST(30/10/2013)

The information and broadcasting ministry on Tuesday asked TV channels not to juxtapose the Prime Minister's official Independence Day speech with those of other leaders, saying this amounted to a denigration of his office.

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In his I-Day speech this August, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had attacked PM Manmohan Singh by challenging him on a host of issues, which news channels had played against the PM's official I-Day speech.

The ministry said this was "inappropriate" and penal action could be taken under certain broadcast rules.


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