New Delhi: It's Team Anna versus the media now after senior member Shanti Bhushan accused media houses of bias in their coverage of their ongoing fast a Jantar Mantar. Supporters of the movement even heckled media persons at Jantar Mantar on Monday. The Broadcast Editors' Association has demanded an apology. Delhi Police has issued a notice to Kumar Vishwas for provocative speeches against policemen.
It's not just the politicians, but the media also is bearing the brunt of Team Anna's anger. On the second day of Anna's fast on Monday, senior Team Anna members accused media houses of bias.
"Media is manipulating reality here for the sake of their TRPs. Channel owners are not showing the reality," Shanti Bhushan said.
Within seconds, almost on cue, scores of Anna supporters at Jantar Mantar started heckling the media persons gathered there. It was clear that Team Anna is now blaming the media for their misfortunes, the same media that they had used in the past to build mass support.
Team Anna member Kiran Bedi said, "The media keeps asking questions and SMSing me in the middle of the fast, should I take time to answer their questions or focus on the movement?"
The Broadcast Editors' Association has reacted sharply with a statement which says, "We strongly condemn the attack on media by Anna supporters. The BEA believes that this is an interference in the functioning of the media. The media is discharging its legitimate duty of covering the agitation in a fair manner. The BEA seeks an immediate apology from Team Anna for the misbehaviour."
Meanwhile, Anna supporters continue their strategy of protesting against senior politicians. On Monday, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's residence was targetted. More such protests are likely. The initial days of the fast saw few crowds. But the sudden increase in tempo hints at a plan to prevent Anna's movement from fizzling out.