NO democracy in West Bengal,Mamata 'bans' English Newspapers

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Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, Mar 28: West Bengal Chief Minister seems to be all set to root out democracy from the state. Mamata Banerjee issued a notice on Tuesday, Mar 28 saying that the state and statewide libraries can purchase only eight newspapers whose names have been enlisted in the circular. [Read: 'Ban' Newspapers: Is Mamata a fascist?]

Names of leading English Newspapers such as Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Telegraph, Statesman have not featured in that list published by Trinamool Congress (TMC). Most of the Bengalis will be shocked with the news that the CM did not even mention the name of the most famous Bengali newspaper - Ananda Bazar Patrika in the circular. [UPDATE: Mamata's media gag falls flat; takes U-turn on decision]

The circular says, "It is felt that the newspapers/dailies, as named in the table, will, besides promoting language, particularly among the rural masses, significantly contribute to the development and spread of free thinking among the members." The circular named few of Hindi and Urdu newspapers beside some Bengali dailies.

The circular also said that the state government will not spend extra fund for purchasing any newspaper or daily published or purported to be published by any political party in any public library in the state.

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