Ganashakti,a Bengali daily published by the CPM,has filed a writ petition in the Calcutta High Court alleging that the state government is not giving advertisements to the newspaper.
The petition alleged that the newspaper did not receive any government advertisement since May 20,2011,when the new government came to power. The case will be heard next week.
Ganashakti wrote letters to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in this regard but there was no response. Mamata is also the minister of information and cultural affairs,which releases advertisements to the media.
The petition alleged that the government did not give any advertisement for political reasons.
Advocate Subrata Mukhopadhyay,counsel of Ganashakti,said that the government in 1977 adopted a policy that newspapers would get advertisements according to circulation. The circulation of Ganashakti is more than 2 lakh daily. Therefore,it has the right to receive advertisements,he argued.