From a Correspondent
JORHAT, January 30: “The BJP (Bharatiya Jata Party) is committed towards improving the working conditions of jourlists in Assam.” This was stated in a one-to-one interaction programme organized by the BJP in Jorhat on Friday. The meeting was attended by former BJP State president, Ranjit Dutta, former AGP Minister turned BJP party ticket aspirant from the prestigious Jorhat seat, Hiten Goswami, BJP Jorhat District president Kamakhya Mohon Das, BJP Jorhat general secretary Surjyajyoti Chowdhury, Upper Assam BJP Media in-charge Subhash Dutta and Jorhat Media cell in-charge Iswaar Prasan Bordoloi. The team took in questions from the assembled representatives of almost all houses of print and electronic media and reiterated its stand on the issue and categorically rejected the meeting as well as the commitment as mere pre-poll assurances.
Addressing the media, Subhash Dutta said, “The BJP has come forward with a vision document that enshrines our commitment towards the jourlist fraternity who despite several restrictive conditions, continue giving service to mankind by bringing out the truth which is very much necessary in maintaining a balance in the society. Jourlists dedicate their lives towards humanity and mankind. We are eager to forge ties with the community to help us in our political struggle. This has come to the fore especially after Sarbanda Sonowal got elected as BJP State president and we have been discussing ways to usher in an era of prosperity in every jourlist’s life starting from top to bottom besides strengthening our media cell for more proactive thoughts.”
“While we fully agree and take responsibility for the widening gap between BJP and the media which was mostly due to non-efficient ways of interacting with jourlists which was restricted only to the district level because of which other areas remained away from their reach. As a result most of our development related news, meetings and distribution programmes remain far from publication or telecast. But now we have devised a policy through which we will open a media cell in all the 126 constituencies. The media played an important role in the last Lok Sabha elections because of which the BJP could send seven elected candidates to the Parliament. We strongly believe that media is a powerful tool to bring in political change and this has been happening since a long time and therefore upon direction from the BJP State president, we have assembled to find out gaps and differences. Moreover the outcome of the discussions will find way into BJP’s vision document, ” added Subhash Dutta.
Earlier Hiten Goswami, Kamakhya Mohon Das and Ranjit Dutta expressed their gratitude towards the relentless service offered by the jourlist fraternity of Assam, especially Jorhat, in covering unbiased news and requested the assembled jourlists to point out any mistakes committed by a BJP grassroots worker to a political leader with ease, thus giving them a chance to polish their skills by removing flaws. Hiten Goswami stressed the scope to improve relations. He said, “Since jourlists work as a watch dog for the society, we would appreciate a positive feedback and suggestion in order to help us understand jourlist better.”