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Maha Cong leader blames news channel for fall in tomato prices

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Senior Congress leader and former

Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said a Hindi channel was behind the crash in tomato prices amid the coronavirus outbreak and sought a ban on it for a period of one month.

He said the channel had telecast a item about the presence of "tiranga virus" in tomatoes in May 13, after which prices started plummeting immediately, leading to heavy losses to farmers.

"A report about #Tiranga_virus in tomatoes in Maharashtra was broadcasted by a Hindi Channel on 13 May. Prices crashed immediately and tomato farmers have suffered huge losses. Such irresponsible reporting must be punished. Govt must compensate farmers." he tweeted.

Tagging the Union ministry of information and broadcasting, Chavan said legal action should be taken against the news channel.

"The State Govt must take legal action against the channel and also ask the @MIB_India to take down the Channel for a month. The Centre must issue an SOP and a Code for reportage. Any #CORONA related sensitive news must be put out only with prior approval from ICMR or Central Govt," Chavan said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 17 2020. 17:26 IST
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