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BJD to stay away from OTV political shows

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Bhubaneswar: Alleging Odisha Television Ltd (OTV), a prominent Odia news channel, of being partisan in its presentation of news and programmes, Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today announced it will stay away from participating in any penal discussion and political discussions by the channel.

Incidentally, OTV is owned by the family of Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda, who was earlier suspended by BJD for openly criticising the ruling party and its leaders.

“OTV is targeting the ruling party and the State government especially after the suspension of Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda from BJD. The programmes telecast on the channel are centred around the tweets and opinions of Baijayant Panda,” alleged BJD spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Pratap Deb in a press meet here.

The BJD has decided to boycott the panel discussions and political debates on the channel as party representatives are not getting equal chances to put forth their views like other party leaders, Deb claimed.

He further alleged the news channel, for the last two months, has been showing reports with specific intention and trying to confuse people through its coverage.

The channel has been giving more focus to tweets and perspectives of a particular MP rather highlighting common man’s issues, Deb alleged saying the ruling party has high regards for all forums of media.

Rubbishing the allegation, OTV said they have always been impartial and neutral in its news telecast and not influenced by any particular individual or any party.

“OTV is committed for free fair and unbiased reporting, everyone is given equal opportunity to present their views. It has been impartial and neutral in its news telecast. In all the debates and discussion-based programmes, both the accused and the counter-party are given ample opportunity to present their views,” the news channel clarified.

BJD should refrain from making futile attempts of defaming OTV and come on our neutral platform and present its views so that truth can reach the viewers, it added.