Kolkata: After banning certain English dailies and high circulation Bengali newspapers from the state-funded and state-aided libraries, Mamata Banerjee has advised people not to watch some TV channels, alleging that they are spreading false propoganda against the Trinamool government.
“No one can deter Mamata Banerjee in serving you. I will prove to those who are out to tarnish our government through a campaign of lies, wrong. No amount of browbeating or propaganda will help." Trinamool chief said in Thursday accusing a section of the media of painting a bad picture of her government.
While addressing a rally in North 24 Parganas district, the Trinamool chief singled out two news channels, she said that they were dishing out lies daily and listed a number of channels that should be watched.
She said canards were being spread when she was making tireless efforts to restore the past glory of Bengal which was ruined during the 34 years of Left rule.
"I do not care about fingers pointed against me. I do not care for anybody. I only care for Ma, Mati, Manush of Bengal," Banerjee told a rally here in North 24 Parganas district after a government function.
Earlier this week Press Council of India PCI chairperson Markandey Katju said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is not acting in a mature manner by cracking down on her critics and must learn to take criticism in her stride.
"She (Mamata) is not acting in a mature manner. I think she should behave in a more mature manner. She is not a street fighter … she is a chief minister. The manner in which she has behaved is totally unacceptable in a democracy. She must learn to be an administrator," Katju said while talking to women journalists at the Indian Women`s Press Corps here.
According to Katju, the chief minister should take criticism in a positive way.
"She must learn democratic way of functioning. In a democracy you should not mind criticism. Mamata Banerjee must learn to restrain and to act in a mature manner," he said.
Promises delivered, says Bengal govt
The West Bengal government has released "Promises Delivered" -- a 168-page book about its achievements "not given due recognition" in the wake of an outcry by a section of the civil society and the media over the regime`s actions.
The Rs 100 book, published by the Information and Cultural Department of the state government, carries a preface by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and provides data-based analysis of the performance of 57 departments under circumstances such as "financial constraints".
It is an updated version of the Bengali book, "Kichu Kotha Kichu Kaj" ("Some Words, Some Work") that had marked the completion of 200 days of the new government.
The Trinamool Congress-Congress coalition government will complete a year in office May 20.