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AAP Minister Somnath Bharti says media paid by Narendra Modi, retracts

New Delhi: Delhi's Law Minister Somnath Bharti on Saturday hit out out at the media and the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), accusing them of politicising the issue of midnight raid.He alleged that DCW chairperson
India TV News Desk January 25, 2014 18:57 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Delhi's Law Minister Somnath Bharti on Saturday hit out out at the media and the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), accusing them of politicising the issue of midnight raid.

He alleged that DCW chairperson Barkha Singh was acting as a Congress member.

Bharti said, “Delhi Commission for Women is a political organisation. Barkha Singh is from Congress, that's why she is in so much haste.”

On being asked whether he would resign over the midnight raid issue, Bharti lashed out at the media and questioned “How much money has Modiji paid you”.

Bharti, however, retracted his statement later, saying: "I did not mean that. I apologise if the remarks have hurt anyone."

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, acknowledging Bharti's mistake, however asked the media "not to hound him".

Bharti was summoned by the DCW for leading a group that raided some homes of Ugandan women in south Delhi.

Kejriwal assured that the law minister would think before speaking in future.

"He has committed a mistake and he has apologized for it. I am not justifying him. In future, he will think before speaking. But I would also ask the media not to hound him (Bharti)," he said.

The chief minister, in his address on the eve of Republic Day, earlier accused some media houses of portraying the Aam Aadmi Party government negatively.

Speaking at Chhatrasal stadium here, Kejriwal said: "We are trying to save the country from corruption and if the media projects AAP in a negative light, who will save the country?"