Bengaluru, Oct 9: The Karnataka Assembly proceedings will now be shown through the lens of Doordarshan and not private news channels.
The state assembly secretariat has entrusted Doordarshan alone to cover the assembly proceedings.
According to an Assembly secretariat order, still cameras, mobile phones or even tablets are also not allowed inside the assembly.
The Congress and JDS have slammed the move.
Private news channels can link themselves to Doordarshan if they wish to show happenings inside the House.
As the matter kicked up a storm that the government is "restricting" TV crews from covering proceedings, Assembly secretary M K Vishalakshi clarified that there was no restriction as such.
"Don't call it restriction. On an experimental basis, Speaker (Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri) is making arrangements to provide link to everyone (news channels) through Doordarshan.
It will start from tomorrow," Vishalakshi told PTI.
"Media can still take the soundbytes," she added.
The arrangement will come into effect from Thursday when the three-day assembly session starts.
JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy alleged that such a move was recommended by the police department when he was the chief minister.
"Police department had recommended not to allow private news channels to cover the proceedings of the assembly but I did not agree," Kumaraswamy told reporters.
The congress described the move as a "shameful act."
"While in opposition BJP used to shed crocodile tears for Free media.. @BSYBJP had threatened to go on dharna for freedom of press.
When in power media has been barred from streaming the assembly session, such a shameful act," the Karnataka unit of the congress tweeted.
Newly appointed leader of the opposition in the state assembly and former chief minister Siddaramaiah condemned the decision.
"... In case speaker feels that journalists are misusing the liberty, the rules of the House should be modified and not bring in a complete ban," Siddaramaiah tweeted.
The U turn policy of @BJP4Karnataka are in the fore again— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) October 9, 2019
While in opposition BJP used to shed crocodile tears for Free media @BSYBJP had threatened to go on dharna for freedom of press
When in power media has been barred from streaming the assembly session, Such a shameful act
Is blocking journalists an attempt to protect @BJP4Karnataka's blue boys from being caught again?— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) October 9, 2019
In that case, is it not the party's duty to teach blue boys a lesson?
But, in @BJP4Karnataka, they reward such anti-social elements with ministerial berth, even if they lose.
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Bengaluru: Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday evening urged BS Yediyurappa to take action against BJP MLA Basavanagouda Yatnal for his remarks on senior freedom fighter HS Doreswamy adding that if he fails to take action against Yatnal, then Yatnal’s opinion will be considered to be that of the government as well.
In a tweet Siddaramaiah urged that provocative comments and statements by the BJP leader in Delhi have led to communal violence and complete failure of law and order and that if it is not stopped in Karnataka, such statements will prove to be disasters.
He further asked the CM to be careful and not let things slip out of hands.
Yatnal, earlier today had stroked controversy after he had added that senior freedom fighter HS Doreswamy was a Pakistani agent and a fake freedom fighter.