RSS chief's speech row: DD covered Nawaz Sharif's visit at Jama Masjid too, says Gadkari

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New Delhi, Oct 07: Amidst a controversy over Doordarshan telecasting live a speech of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said there was nothing wrong on the part of the national broadcaster in telecasting his speech live.

Speaking in an interview to NDTV the union transport minister said, "If Doordarshan can show Nawaz Sharif at the Jama Masjid, why should it not be allowed to show the RSS chief?"

The Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his visit to New Delhi to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's had visited the famous 17th-century Jama Masjid mosque in the capital. The state-run broadcaster had covered the event live.

"The RSS isn't a religious organisation, it is a cultural oragnisation. You have never understood the RSS. You sit in a studio in Delhi and bash the RSS. Do some research on the RSS," said Gadkari to the news channel.

Bhagwat's customary Dussehra rally at its headquarters in Reshmbagh ground, Nagpur, sparked controversy after Doordarshan aired it 'live'.

Top officials at Doordarshan had cleared that Bhagwat's address it was covered like any other news event and no special arrangements had been made.

"It was just like a news event to us. So we covered it," DD's DG (News) Archana Dutta said, after the DD's hour-long live telecast of an RSS function for the first time.

Congress and the Left had accused the government of misusing the state broadcaster since RSS is a BJP ideologue.

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