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Facebook post slamming Mamata Banerjee lands student on ‘big banner’

According to Dum Dum Ward 8 Citizens Committee, if the student has the right to criticise Ms Banerjee, others have the same right to denounce her publicly.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

A 21-year-old Kolkata girl had never imagined that one of her Facebook post could make her a subject of public attack.

Reportedly on Friday, an engineering student had put forward her views on Facebook regarding a recently-organised Durga idol procession, which was pitched as Kolkata’s answer to Rio Carnival. She had criticised the parade, arguing that it was a bad idea at a time when Bengal is battling joblessness and poverty. A few of her friends agreed with her, while others didn’t.

However, much to her surprise and horror, her post became a giant street banner in her residency at the Dum Dum area on Sunday. “We condemn the criticism of the Chief Minister,” it read in bold letters.

She is not just surprised, but also terrified, and not just because of the big banner but because of threats she received from local women with links to the ruling Trinamool Congress, NDTV reported.

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A group named Dum Dum Ward 8 Citizens Committee has put up the hoarding, report added. According to them, if the student has the right to criticise Ms Banerjee, others have the same right to denounce her publicly. Deep Das, a resident of Dum Dum, said: “How can a 21-year-old say such things? Especially when the chief minister is doing so much for the state.”

The area’s Trinamool Councillor, Avijit Mitra quoted her as saying the Chief Minister “should be given a dunking in the river” and claimed that such post has crossed the lines.

In addition to this, he claimed that the girl is a member of the CPM’s student wing, the SFI and that hoarding is the CPM’s propaganda.

“I will take no responsibility. I will not remove the hoarding until locals ask me to in writing. Or else they will say I had put it up,” he added.

A few residents have come forward in support of the girl. Pathasarathi, a resident of Dum Dum, backed the student saying, “Everyone has an opinion and the right to express it. This hoarding is not right.”

It is to be noted that, this is not the first case where criticising the Chief Minister has landed the person in trouble. Back in 2012, the arrest of a professor for emailing Mamata Banerjee cartoons had caused public outrage.

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