Mumbai (The Hindu): State Housing Minister Prakash Mehta on Thursday landed himself in a controversy after he verbally abused a television reporter on camera while visiting the Mahad bridge collapse site.
Mr. Mehta, who is the Guardian Minister for Raigad district, drew flak from all quarters. Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde demanded a statement from Chief Minister on the issue.
While giving a byte to a reporter from Marathi channel Saam TV , Mr. Mehta was reportedly irked by a question on the lack of information for families of missing people.
“If people are upset with me, my party will look into it. We are here because we are sympathetic to the people affected by this incident. You come and obstruct us with the mike to increase your TRP. What does the media know? Have you done any work? I have been working for 40 years in this field,” he said, and allegedly asked his supporters to assault the reporter.
The Mumbai Press Club strongly condemned Mr Mehta and his supporters for misbehaving with a TV journalist, , who was covering the Mahad tragedy. The TV Journalists Association also condemned the incident.
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