Media persons face Mamata fury

April 1st, 2009 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) Amid high drama, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Wednesday fretted and fumed at a section of the media during an election rally here and alleged that they were trying to sabotage her meetings at the behest of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).
The firebrand leader lost her cool when two photographers tried to climb the dias to take snaps.

“Why are you trying to disturb my meeting? You are doing this every day. You are acting at the behest of the CPI-M. This can’t go on,” she told the two photographers.

“I know which organisation you represent, and how it is funded by the CPI-M-run government,” said Banerjee at the rally in the northern part of the city in support of her party candidate Sudip Bandyopadhyay.

As the crowd of her supporters got restive, Banerjee asked them to stop.

However, she stopped her speech and went back to her seat on the dias, only to resume speaking after a couple of minutes.

“A section of the media is writing all sorts of nonsense against us. We don’t care. But why should they conspire to disrupt my meetings?” Banerjee asked.

“There are CPI-M stooges and they are trying to infiltrate my meetings. I ask them not to do these. I don’t want to see them on my dias from the next meeting. But I would also like to clarify that only two or three media houses are doing this,” she said.

Banerjee later named two TV channels and two newspapers and asked people not to watch or read these.

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