Intolerance level goes up in Mamata land

Kolkata: What’s going on in Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal state is height of intolerance and the latest weapon in the hands of Chief Minister’s cronies is shaming her critics publicly.

According to media reports, a young college girl had to face infamy for criticizing Mamata over spending crores on the recently concluded Durga Pooja festivities. Rajashree Chattopadhyay, a first year M Tech student of Rajabazar Science College, went out her ire over CM’s decision to hold a Durga Pooja immersion carnival and to make the festival a 10-day affair on Facebook. Her post appeared on October 14. Four days later, on Monday, she was shocked to see a huge hoarding outside her house in Kolkata displaying her Facebook page with a message “Shame on you.”

The Indian Express quoted her as saying, “The government had spent crores on pujas by clubs that are owned by ministers. I found it a little strange that while state employees were not getting DA because of financial crunch, money was being wasted like this. Just like a normal tax payer, I raised a question which was followed by a friendly discussion with my friends. While a few supported, others did not agree to my point… but that was fine.”

On Sunday, she said, her neighbours had informed the girl about the giant hoarding coming up near her house. Almost at the same time, some women, said to be supporters of Mamata in her locality, had demanded apology in public for her post. She said she did not oblige. With her neighbours’ intervention, the group left the place. But the nightmare returned when she got a picture of the hoarding on WhatsApp.  “It’s our money. I am not against anything in particular but I have full rights to question people as a citizen of the state. I noticed that most clubs that were awarded and received money belonged to Trinamool Congress leaders,” said Rajashree, according to Indian Express.

She, however, has not lodged a complaint with the police. Local Trinamool councillor has denied his party workers were involved in the matter… “I believe it was some kind of propaganda by others against our party. I have directed that the hoarding be taken down as early as possible,” he said.

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