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Sting ops: Uproar in House

CUTTING ACROSS party lines, members in Vidhan Sabha today attacked the electronic media in the backdrop of sting operations being carried out against them. A demand to make a code of conduct for the electronic media was also made.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 01:46 IST

CUTTING ACROSS party lines, members in Vidhan Sabha today attacked the electronic media in the backdrop of sting operations being carried out against them. A demand to make a code of conduct for the electronic media was also made.

Minister for Urban Development Mohammad Azam Khan, Minister of State for Women Welfare Rajendra Singh Rana and Minister of State for Home Guards Brahma Shankar Tripathi spoke at length highlighting their problems.

Opposition members belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party and Bahujan Samaj Party agreed with contention of members.

Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey said he was concerned about the honour and respect of members and a tough decision in this regard would be taken. Speaker asked the members to give him in writing about their experiences with media.

The issue came up in the House when Speaker announced the terms of reference for 11-member committee that the Vidhan Sabha had set up to conduct a probe into sting operation ‘Neta Bikta Hai’ that showed three MLAs accepting bribe.

The committee would examine whether the three MLAs went to channel on their own or the channel called them, said the Speaker.

He said the committee would also examine the CD of the sting operation.

Minister for Urban Development Mohammad Azam Khan demanded that the committee should also be asked to conduct a probe into the issues concerning other members.

No channel had any right of character assassination of any member, Khan said while referring to a report by a news channel depicting him as ‘Rampur’s new Nawab’ and levelling allegations of land grabbing against him and his wife.

Khan said his wife was a teacher in a degree college and got sufficient salary to buy land. By calling him a “nawab” the channel had tried to defame him, he said.
BJP member Hukum Singh said members had confidence of people of their respective constituencies and channels had no right to level such allegations.

Later, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav also flayed a section of media for projecting dacoits in their news reports.

First Published: Mar 12, 2006 01:46 IST