CM hits out at media

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah hit out at the media for its coverage on the diary controversy, exchange of tweets between two cine actors and the flyover project.

In his speech read out at the presentation of Karnataka Media Academy awards, Siddaramaiah referred to the diary purportedly having details of payoffs by state Congress members to their national leaders. “It is unfortunate that media was used as a platform to defame people. No effort was made to verify the authenticity of the diary.  Does the I-T department work under the person who released the diary?” Siddaramaiah asked.

Siddaramaiah said people with no concern for development used the media to gain “cheap publicity” by raising controversies over the steel flyover project between Chalukya Circle and Hebbal flyover.

He said the project was mooted in 2010. “There has been cost escalation. Some leader misused the media to gain publicity by making baseless charges,” he said.
 He said tweets by two actors – Sudeep and Darshan – making comments against each other had become fodder for the electronic media.

Taking a dig at ‘plant’ of news stories, Siddaramaiah said, “In our country, there are more news plantations, than coffee or tea plantations.”

Siddaramaiah, who arrived late, presented the awards to 15 journalists, including Ronald Anil Fernandes of DH.

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