On November 26 speaking at a rally organised by Jamiat-ul Ulema-e-Hind at Shahid Minar Maidan, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, alleged that the central government is using the CBI to gag the voice of opposition. In her own words, “This is a dangerous game” which cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Good enough, but she enjoys the company of those who not only abuse her in filthy language, insult the constitutional head of the country and ignore the law of the land, Siddiqullah is one of them and President of Jamiat-ul
Ulema e Hind.
Leading Marathi Newspaper Lokmat’s offices were attacked by violent Muslim mobs on November 30, after a ‘blasphemous cartoon’ was published in the newspaper.
These are the people who clashed with police at Red Road and forced President Pranab Mukherjee to change his route an year ago while proceeding to Shahid Minar on November 26. But this time they will have CM Mamata Banerjee on dais as chief guest. Another important point, in this connection, has to be noted that Siddiqullah Chaudhury who has shared the dais with Mamata, is the President of Jamiat-ul Ulem-e-Hind who organised this rally.
This is one face of the Chief Minister Mamata. There are so many other faces. Let me cite the latest example of another face where she played the worst role of dictator Hitler. When the meeting at Shahid Minar Maidan was going on and Mamata was on the microphone, one of cronies of Mamata met PR Gupta, Chairman of the Managing Board of The Statesman Group of Newspapers to convey a message from the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The gist of the message is as follows: “Dainik Statesman, the Bengali counterpart of English Statesman, in days in and days out spreading canards against Chief Minister Mamata which is highly objectionable and uncalled for. The CM is very much perturbed with this. Hence we hope that Dainik Statesman would mend its way to maintain a
good relationship with the administration.”
It is said while leaving the office, the emissary of the CM’s office asked about the outstanding bill amount which government owes to the Statesman. It is staid that it is to the tune of Rupees Six Crore. Although the chairman of the Managing Board, Shri Gupta appealed for an early payment, the emissary was non-committal.
Then the chairman of the Managing Board, Shri Gupta had a talk with the editor of Dainik Statesman Manash Ghosh. He said “I have no enmity with any person whatsoever. But at the same time, when I saw the misdoings of ruling party cadres in front of the police, my journalistic ethics called me to do justice and I did it.”
No power on earth could stop me from discharging my duties. So, Manash left the job of editorship in disgust. The story does not end here. Manash was immediately replaced by one Nayeem, a share broker by profession. It could not be known whether the CM herself had planted the man there as editor as a compromise formula on the part of the Managing Board of the Statesman Group of newspapers or not.
Asim Kumar Mitra