Mamata storms out of TV show over cartoon row
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday lost her cool and stormed out of an interactive TV session here when members of audience asked her about the arrest of a professor for forwarding a cartoon lampooning her.
"It is not a cartoon. We love the cartoon. Cartoon is a different thing. He is a CPI-M man, He misused the e-mail of his society people without their consent. He forwarded it to 60 people," Banerjee said angrily when a student from Jadavpur University asked her about the arrest of Professor Ambikesh Mahapatra.
Claiming that the professor was not an intellectual, but a "CPI-M agent", she told the moderator that "after election CPI-M had sent thousands of CDs, if you are a woman and if you see them, you will feel ashamed. CPI-M and Maoists are working together."
"...The message in the cartoon which contained the word `vanish` is a murder conspiracy and a plot supported by CPI-M. What he has done is a cyber crime. It is not a cartoon, it is a political conspiracy to murder me," Banerjee claimed.
Stating that her government believed in democracy, she said, "Otherwise, he (Ambikesh) should have been in custody. He has done a wrong thing. He misused the e-mail. I know that Maoist people and CPI-M are putting up these questions," the chief minister told an interactive session organised by news channel.
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