“What is a reporter's salary...How much does a news reader earn? May be 25,000 (rupees). They are mostly graduates. They are not great thinkers...intellectuals,” he said at a public function here.

Parrikar also said that there was prevalence of paid news in Goa, where ‘people take money to write’.

Taking a jibe at the Congress, he said, “We all know which political party runs the paper. We also know which paper has what political inclination."

Commenting on adverse coverage against his government, he said a section of the media in Goa was affiliated to the Opposition and was, therefore, criticizing him and his government unnecessarily.

“You all should have sense. You should know how powerful the person is before reporting his comments," Parrikar added.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier on Sunday hit out at the media.

Speaking at a public rally in Haryana's Rohtak district, Kejriwal said that the media was paid to criticize him and praise Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.


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