LAUNCHING A scathing attack on Hindustan Times, Rajya Sabha MP and chairman of the UP Development Council (UPDC) Amar Singh today said the national daily would have to write positive about the government after it (Samajwadi Party) returns to power in February next.
In a veiled threat to the newspaper, a fuming Singh said, “Humne koi halla na bola hai, na bol rahen hai kyonki yeh sab rajniti se prerit hai. The newspaper thinks that the government is going but we will return to power after the February elections and give a befitting reply to its tirade against us.”
Amar Singh took the august gathering of industrialists and senior government officials here at Taj hotel by surprise when he started spewing venom against Hindustan Times. His over thirty-minute long speech was punctuated by attacks on HT, though the subject of the seminar was promotion of the food processing industry in UP. And his tone and tenor was laced with malice towards the paper.
Singh said the Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times, his colleague in the Rajya Sabha, had lost her cool when he had described the paper as Congress Times after Rajiv Shukla’s write-up on Uttar Pradesh. “I had told her then, “yeh ganimat samjhiye ki humne koi halla nahin bola hai aur use National Herald-II nahin kaha hai (you should be thankful that neither have we initiated any action nor have we dubbed it as National Herald-II).
Your paper is describing our healthy CM as sick and is overlooking the investment of Rs 72091 crore into the state. The paper also questions the existence of the UPDC after the government goes,” he said.