There is no freedom of expression under Mamata regime: Nilotpal Basu

New Delhi, Feb 25: Taking on the Trinamool Congress (TMC)-led West Bengal Government over the banning of a film in which the anti-Singur movement has been allegedly depicted in a negative light, senior Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) leader Nilotpal Basu on Monday said there is absolutely no freedom of expression in the state under the Mamata Banerjee regime.

According to media reports, the Kolkata Censor Board had denied approval to Suman Mukhopadhyay’s film ‘Kangal Malsat’ (War Cry of Beggars), said to be based on the movement against land acquisition in Singur.

“The manner in which the West Bengal Government is functioning since last 20 odd months, one should not be surprised on such steps. It is very clear that the government is not prepared to listen any criticism or comment, and there is absolutely no freedom of expression in the state under present government. Such things are taking place again and again,” said Basu, while talking to reporters here.

“The filmmaker was a very vocal critic of the Left Front Government and also joined in many of the demonstrations at that point of time, when there was hue and cry for dislodging the our government,” he added.

Meanwhile, TMC MP Vivek Gupta rubbished the charges being levelled on the state government, and said the government has no role to play in the matter, as the censor board has not given the releasing certificate.

However, the Kolkata Censor Board has claimed that they have objections to the language used in the film, which the director allegedly had refused to remove. (ANI)