Trinamool Congress has asked the Election Commission to restrict the media from broadcasting any programme of Narada news editor-in-chief Mathew Samuel.
In its complaint before the poll panel the party said since the
Trinamool Congress(TMC) seems to be clueless on how to deal with the political heat generated after naradanews.com released videos which showed its leaders taking bribes from a fictitious company. Now the party want the election commission to restrict the news channels from broadcasting the video. “We have forwarded their (TMC) application to the Election Commission,” additional chief electoral officer Dibyendu Sarkar said.
When naradanews.com released the video the first reaction of the party was that it was doctored. Then the leaders attributed political motive behind the releasing the video. After that the party announced that it is conducting an internal enquiry into the matter. When even that was not received well by the opposition parties and media, Mamata Banerjee even said had the video were released earlier she should not have fielded those caught on the camera as candidates.
Yesterday TMC government denied permission to a programme in which Mathew Samuel, Editor-in- Chief was supposed to attend. Later addressing a press conference Mathew Samuel said the changing the stand taken by the TMC on the naradanews.com expose is in fact an admission of guilt. Mathew Samuel has already handed over the unedited footage and equipments used for the sting operation to a committee appointed by the Calcutta High Court.
Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal Sunil Gupta held a video conference meeting with all observers and senior police officers to review preparedness for the fourth phase of polling on Monday. Two CPIM activists were killed in the violence that marred the third phase polling.