Ambikesh Mahapatra was arrested for circulating CM Mamata Banerjee’s cartoon, why not Derek O’Brien: Biman Bose

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Sunday said he will raise the issue of the morphed picture in the Parliament session beginning on Monday.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: April 25, 2016 4:00:22 am
A supporter clicks a selfie with Biman Bose in Kashba on Sunday. Express photo A supporter clicks a selfie with Biman Bose in Kashba on Sunday. Express photo

LEFT FRONT Chariman Biman Bose on Sunday demanded that Trinamool Congress Derek O’Brien should be arrested in connection with the morphed photograph incident.

Campaigning for Jadavpur University profeddssor Ambikesh Mahapatra, Bose demanded O’Brien’s arrest citing Mahapatra’s arrest four years ago for forwarding on social media a cartoon mocking Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as precedent.

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“If Professor Ambikesh Mahapatra could be arrested for circulating a cartoon, here Derek O’Brien has morphed a photograph. Why should he not be arrested?” asked Bose. Mahapatra, an Independent candidate, is contesting against Kolkata Mayor and sitting MLA Sovan Chatterjee from Behala East.

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Mahapatra is contesting with the backing of Akranta Amra against alleged “atrocities” and “human rights violations” by Trinamool Congress. With Opposition parties deciding not to nominate candidates from the seat, Mahapatra said the “the one-on-one contest against the Trinamool nominee will help him”. “The common people, it appears, are favourably inclined towards us,” he said.

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Meanwhile, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Sunday said he will raise the issue of the morphed picture in the Parliament session beginning on Monday.

“I will raise the morphed picture issue in Parliament. Our party has already lodged a police complaint in this connection in Delhi,” Yechury said at an election meeting in Singur in Hooghly district.

Like the morphed picture, everything is fake in Trinamool, he alleged.

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