Congress candidate for Indore Lok Sabha seat Pankaj Sanghvi who went to School of Journalism and Mass Communication, DAVV, on Monday for a debate invited ire of budding journalists when he alleged that media “is sold and favouring BJP”. Students raised slogans against Sanghvi and asked him to tender apology for his allegations against media without any substantial proof. A private channel had invited BJP and Congress candidates for a debate at DAVV’s journalism department.
Sanghvi along with state health minister Tulsi Silawat and senior leader Raghu Parmar reached the journalism department. From BJP’s side, Umesh Sharma reached there with party supporters. When Sanghvi was having informal chat with School of Journalism and Mass Communication head Sonali Nargunde, some students started interacting with the Congress candidate.
They told him that all surveys by news channels are showing that NDA is forming government again. To this, Sanghvi said, “Media is sold and showing false surveys”. This remark irked students and BJP supporters there. The students stated that how can he make such a statement while being at journalism department. Parmar tried to intervene but when tempers ran high, he left along with Silawat. Sanghvi too walked out.
Irked students asked pointed questions to Sanghvi. Replying to a query, Sanghvi stated that there is no proof that any terrorists were killed in air strikes. When a student asked how can he make such a claim, Sanghvi asked him in return did he go to check who was killed in air strike across the LOC.
This again led to heated arguments when students asked whether he went to see if no one was killed in strike. With debate not going on right track, Sanghvi left. Afterwards, BJP leader Umesh Sharma claimed that all persons arrested in Vyapam scam were associated with Gujarati College of which Sanghvi is chairman.