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DD, AIR refuse to air Manik Sarkar's I-Day speech: Tripura CM has no right to create confusion, says Bengal BJP

Kolkata : West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday supported Doordarshan's decision not to broadcast the recorded Independence Day speech of Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar unless he "reshaped it".

Ghosh said being a chief minister does not give one the right to say something which might create confusion within the society.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. Reuters

Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar. Reuters

"The communists since the very beginning have interpreted our independence movement in their own way and have misinterpreted the history. But if they try to do the same thing now the society will not accept it," he told reporters.

"Being an elected representative or chief minister doesn't give someone the right to say something which is against our culture and history and might create a confusion," Ghosh told reporters.

Sarkar on Tuesday alleged that Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) refused to broadcast his Independence Day address unless he "reshaped" it and termed it as an "undemocratic, autocratic and intolerant step".

Doordarshan on Wednesday said it has given "wide coverage" to Sarkar's Independence day programme but was silent on his complaint that his recorded speech was blacked out by both Doordarshan and AIR.

Published Date: Aug 17, 2017 08:45 AM | Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 08:57 AM

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