Seeds of fascism being sown in Bengal: CPM



New Delhi: With the Mamata Banerjee government curtailing the number of newspapers to be bought by its offices and libraries, the CPI-M on Thursday said "seeds of fascism" were being sown in West Bengal.

"She (Mamata) wants that only what she says should get in to print and not anything else. This shows that seeds of fascism have been sown in the state. But her statements will not change history and neither will the realities change," CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said here when asked about the decision.

Yechury said the erstwhile Left Front government not only allowed buying of all newspapers but also gave them advertisements "impartially".

The Trinamool Congress government, through a recent circular, announced that no newspapers, barring the eight named in it, would be bought henceforth by government offices and state-funded libraries.

"In public interest, government will not buy newspapers published or purported to be published by any political party either national or regional as a measure to develop free thinking among the readers," the circular said.

"... It is felt that the newspapers/dailies, as named in the table, will, besides promoting language, particularly among the rural masses, significantly contribute to the development and spread of free thinking among the members," it said.

The eight newspapers allowed to be bought include some Bengali, Hindi and Urdu dailies. The move has come under severe criticism from many political parties, organisations and individuals.

PTI