The electronic and print media have been advised not to “show or print” indecent comments made by politicians. The advisory has come from none other than Commerce and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee, also considered the close lieutenant of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Chatterjee observed that media publicity of derogatory comments “often encourages” the politicians who make such remarks. “Dont show and print the derogatory remarks of any politician as such act encourages them,” he advised the media. “The politicians compete with each other if they are shown in television frequently and their comments are printed regularly,” Chatterjee added.
The recent days have seen a flurry of derogatory comments made by politicians from both the sides of the aisle — ruling Trinamool Congress as well as Opposition CPM and Congress.
Chatterjee also requested political leaders. including the ones from his own party, to refrain from making such comments. Chatterjee’s remarks came a day after his cabinet colleague Madan Mitra said that he had once threatened the police officer of giving him “a tight slap”. A few days ago, Food and Supply Minister Jyotipriya Mullick described CPM leaders as “poisonous snake” and urged people to treat the Marxists as they treat a snake. Trinamool MP Suvendu Adhikari, too, had compared the CPM with snakes earlier. Mullick had once advised his party colleagues to socially boycott CPM leaders and workers. Deputy Leader of Opposition and CPM state committee member Anisur Rehman had used defamatory words against the Chief Minister for which he was censured by his party.
“Everyone should be very cautious about use of language. I appeal to all my party colleagues not to get provoked by a section of the media and the opposition parties. We should not lose tolerance,” Chatterjee said, and added that the former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s remarks towards Mamata Banerjee is unacceptable. “He (Buddhadeb) called the Chief Minister mad. Can it be accepted?” Chatterjee said.