CPI-M minister’s veiled threat to media


Kolkata : West Bengal Transport Minister and senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Subhash Chakraborty issued a veiled threat to the media Wednesday, saying scribes could face public outrage for providing “wrong information” about the Nandigram violence to the people.

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“Our battle is against media organisations which are instigating the opposition to carry on their anti-Left movement in West Bengal. We have been seeing that a number of media channels and newspaper organisations are continuously providing wrong information to the people,” Chakraborty told a local television channel in an interview.

“If you think you are the representative of the common people, you are wrong. I am the actual representative of the people. I have been a legislator for the past 35 years and I have some responsibility,” he said.

“The media can face serious public ire. These media reports on Nandigram have no connection with the truth,” said Chakraborty, a CPI-M legislator from the Belgachia (East) constituency.

“I have seen many media organisations come and go. Many media persons will go into oblivion. But the Left Front will remain in its own position in the future,” he said.

Since January, violence in Nandigram, 150 km from here, has claimed at least 34 lives as the region flared up over proposed land acquisition for a special economic zone (SEZ), which was scrapped by the state government later in the face of stiff resistance by local villagers.