Contemptuous of coalitions?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 10/02/2018

Was he playing Devil's Advocate or is he really contemptuous of coalitions? Rajdeep Sardesai, anchoring the inaugural "election boardroom'' as Feb 9's 9pm broadcast on India Today TV was grandly called, kept referring to the Opposition  as a "gaggle of parties''. He then went on to ask whether Sonia Gandhi would be the one to lead this "gaggle'' again, and whether other parties would be okay with her leadership. Finally, he kept asking whether we were going to witness a return to the "coalition era'', as if that was the worst fate that could befall the country. These are legitimate questions and Opposition parties need to be asked these. But why is the anchor so scornful?  The UPA did lead a  stable coalition government for 10 years.                                       

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Journalists covering the ongoing protest of residents of the coastal town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu were at the receiving end of police violence and found their cameras and cellphones snatched. The residents were demanding immediate closure of Vedanta Sterlite's copper operations and the agitation turned bloody, leaving one person dead in police firing.          

According to this report  34 people who were employed by  ABP Ltd through contractors for different departments, and were fired,  have been protesting outside the ABP premises for almost a month now but there has been no media coverage. Their troubles began when they formed a union in response to not being paid minimum wages by their contractors in 2016. Their union is affiliated to the TMC. They were fired after forming a union.The ABP management has not met them yet. Media outlets approached by the workers have declined to cover their plight. The Labour Minister has lent them a ear, but that has not resulted in any action.                     

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