Prominent people make news—true but what if prominent people speak at prominent places? Becomes a bigger news presumably. That’s could be one of the reasons as to why film stars—who crave for publicity—are thronging places of historical and political significance. Be it Imran Hashmi or Rakhi Sawanth, they felt Parliament would be ideal place where they can go ahead giving bytes of news channels for promoting their films or themselves for that matter.
Irritated over this several MPs took the matter to Lok Sabha secretariat, which in turn took up the matter seriously and came out with a new set of rules for television reporters. The secretariat has clearly stated that no journalist would hereafter be permitted to take interviews and bytes of celebrities on parliament premises without prior permission. This is certainly a bad news for celebrities if not for the media.
The circular released by the secretariat has indicated that interviews of MPs and ministers can be taken on premises and when standing committee meetings are underway.
It may be recalled that Imraan Hashmi was at Parliament premises in November last year to promote his Dirty Picture.