Chennai, Jan 16 (PTI) In a show of solidarity, journalists today boycotted a press meet to be addressed by Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani here after he refused to talk in the presence of an English news channel.Also Read - 25 Students Test COVID Positive In Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur District, School Shut For One Week

After a close door interaction with students and academicians, Mevani had agreed to a short media meet. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown: Govt Extends Restrictions And Relaxations Till December 15 Amid Omicron Scare

As soon as the newsmen started getting ready for the event by arranging the microphones, Mevani asked the reporter of an English news channel to remove his equipment. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Rain Alert: Schools, Colleges Closed in Chennai, 6 More Districts as IMD Predicts Heavy Rains. List Here

The legislator made it clear that he will not talk in the presence of that TV channel since it was “his policy”.

“We were arranging the microphone. As soon as he saw microphone that had our logo, he asked us to remove it. I told him we want a general byte and not an exclusive. But he refused”, the reporter of that particular channel covering the event told PTI.

“We felt like he was dictating terms. We just sought a byte from him on issues relating to the State (Tamil Nadu)”, he said.

The video released later by the TV channel showed Mevani saying he will not speak if there was a question from that particular channel.

“If a question comes (from that channel) I will stop speaking to anyone. Let the mic be removed”, Mevani said.

Reacting to Mevani’s rider, another TV channel reporter told him: “You cannot demand like that. If you do not want to talk then it is up to you. Thank You.”

Following the incident, social media was flooded with comments supporting Chennai media for boycotting the event.PTI VIJ

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.