Jyotipriya Mallick retracts,says never said don’t marry into CPM households

Hours after raising a storm with his diktat for Trinamool cadres,Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipriya Mallick on Tuesday said the media have distorted his comments over social boycott of CPM supporters.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 18, 2012 2:46 am

Hours after raising a storm with his diktat for Trinamool cadres,Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipriya Mallick on Tuesday said the media have distorted his comments over social boycott of CPM supporters. “I will never speak with media ever. I never said that Trinamool workers cannot enter into any marital relationship with a family of CPM supporter. I only said that one should not attend any marriage ceremony of a CPM family. And I have asked them to hate the CPM. That is the declared policy of the Trinamool. And there is nothing new in it,” said Mallick.

The minister claimed that there was no camera present at Saptagram village meeting where he reportedly made the remark. “No camera was present there and that is why there was scope for distortion of my comments. I never asked them to take revenge. The revenge I talked about is the political revenge. And I am not repentant for what I have spoken,” he added.

A section of the media had reported quoting Mallick that in a display of vindictiveness he had urged partymen to boycott the CPM and severe all ties with the families of CPM in the area. He also alleged to have said that no one should marry a girl from a CPM supporter family,and that Trinamool workers must make sure that nobody in their family enters into any marital relationship with any CPM leader or supporter.

While denying such a statement,Mallick however admitted having urged party men to follow a code of behaviour with CPM supporters. “Do not have tea with them. If they come to the tea shop,leave the place. Hate them as they deserve hatred only. And if you go on maintaining relations with them,you will become weak and you will not be able to take any revenge if it is needed,” added Mallick.

Reactions

CPM: Reacting to the remarks made by Jyotipriya Mallick,Leader of Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra said: “I cannot comment on what a man like Jyotipriya Mallick said. . Earlier,when I was the health minister I used to say that every would-be couple should get their blood checked so that the infection of thalassemia does not spread. But now,in this state,people will probably have to check the family’s political lineage before before beginning any marriage negotiations.”

Cong: Ally Congress said such utterances would only lead to acrimony. Stating that his party did not support such statements,WBPCC general secretary Omprakash Mishra said,

“it will only create an atmosphere of conflict. “He said in the eighties the CPM enforced social boycott,which should not be repeated.”

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