Doing political work under the mask of journalists is wrong, Shukla said, and asked those doing this to quit journalism and join politics.
    
Without naming anyone, the minister said that some journalists are writing in support of one party, which is against the ethics of the profession; then they quit news and join their favourite party.
    
Referring to himself, Shukla said that he had quit journalism first and then joined politics, which he said welcomes anyone with open hands, but journalism is a pure profession whose sanctity should not be abused, and both professions could not go hand in hand.
    
Shukla was attending the swearing-in ceremony of Kanpur Press Club in Kanpur and was responding to questions from scribes on various matters.
    
On Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s challenge to contest polls from Amethi against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, he said that Congress had done so many developmental works in the region and campaigning is on a high pitch and asserted that Rahul would not lose the seat.
    
On being asked if Rahul will be named the prime ministerial candidate at the Congress meeting on January 17, he said that the decision will be taken after due consideration at the meeting.

(Agencies)

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