Section of Media Controlled Budhadeb: Mamata

Belpahari (WB)
Section of Media Controlled Budhadeb: Mamata

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today targeted a section of the media saying that they had 'controlled' her predecessor Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, but would fail to influence her, just as they had failed with CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu.

Calling for their boycott, Banerjee said "You control everybody, but not me. Buddhababu was responsible for Singur and Netai after they created 'Brand Buddha'".

"Jyotibabu understood and did not care for them. Similarly do not try to control me in running the government," she said, alleging that they were carrying on negative publicity to harm the state.

Without naming BJP Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, she said that the particular section of the media had not protested when he allegedly tried to divide Bengalis and non-Bengalis.

"Why did you not protest it?" she asked addressing an election meeting here.

"We have become the number one in the country in the utilisation of funds for 100 days work, but you chose to ignore this."

When the results of the Lok Sabha elections were declared, she said "Those spreading canards against will realise all their efforts have gone in vain."

Banerjee also accused the CPI(M), Congress and BJP of trying to bring back Maoist violence in jungle mahal.

"We have restored peace in junglemahal. CPI(M), Congress and BJP are trying to bring back violence," she said.

"Those trying to sabotage peace and intimidate the people with guns won't be spared. Our government will take strong action," she said referring to the Maoists without naming them.

She said before her government took over, 400 to 700 people used to be killed every year, including several policemen.

"Many are still waiting for the return of missing family members," she said.

At another election meeting at Kharagpur, Banerjee reiterated that people who were not secular could not become the Prime Minister.

"Those who don't believe in secularism can't be the Prime Minister. India is a multi-lingual, multi-religious country. I love and respect all the religions."

Taking a dig at Modi, without naming him, she said, "There are some people who come only during elections and try to divide people who have been residing in Bengal for years."

She also alleged that those who were divisive, caused riots and were racists could not constitutionally ascend to the Prime Minister's chair.

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