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BJP uses Kejriwal’s ‘very difficult for a story to publish in the NYT’ remark to call Sisodia’s article ‘paid’

ByRandall B. Phelps

Aug 19, 2022

On Friday, the BJP used Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s remark “It is very difficult to get a story published in the New York Times” to label the story on his government’s education model as “paid”. with a picture of Congressman Manish Sisodia appearing in the American a newspaper.

Kejriwal was criticized by BJP MPs for what appeared to be a slip as he praised his Sisodia on the front page of The New York Times.

BJP MPs alleged the story was “paid for”, but the AAP hit back saying it was a “dumb” claim.

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“It’s very difficult to get news published in The New York Times, which is the biggest newspaper in the most powerful country in the world,” Kejriwal said and immediately corrected himself.

“It is very difficult for an article to be published in the New York Times. Presidents, Prime Ministers of all countries in the world are desperately waiting for their names and their photos to appear on the front page of the NYT”, he said. he hastened to add.

Kejriwal said the NYT carrying an article about the Delhi government’s education model with a picture of Sisodia on its front page was something of a statement that Sisodia was the best minister of education in the world.

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Clinging to this slip, Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi tweeted “Chor Ki Dadhi Mein Tinka” (Guilty conscience needs no accuser).

BJP MP for northeast Delhi, Manoj Tiwari, also cited the story alleging that the AAP was “wasting” public money on advertising.

“Taken here too. New York Times and Khaleej Times same verbatim…same author too. Shameless AAP is wasting Delhi public’s money for posting his photos by paying money,” Tiwari tweeted in Hindi .

The NYT runs a union service and its stories are carried by publications in different countries.

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Parvesh Verma, BJP MP for West Delhi, claimed that the story carried the picture of a private school and not a school run by the Delhi government.

The AAP said “it’s downright funny and stupid for the BJP to claim that the NYT story is a paid article. Anyone working in the media can look at an article and assess whether it’s paid for or not.”

The reporter who made this story had officially requested an interview and photos on the same in March this year. Being a long-lasting print, they conducted a month-long exercise on it, which led them to produce stories like that of a student Pradeep Paswan, he said in reaction to the claims of the BJP.

Sisodia, who holds multiple portfolios including the education and excise departments, was under the eye of a storm as CBI raided his residence over alleged irregularities in the enforcement of Excise Policy 2021-22.