West Bengal : BJP Leader and finance minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma has slammed the Mamata Banerjee led TMC government in West Bengal for allegedly carrying on a cruel governance style almost throwing the state into a emergency like situation.
Priyanka Sharma was arrested on Friday for sharing a morphed picture of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and sent to 14 days police custody.
Sarma, who met the relatives of the arrested girl on Sunday, told media, “A person gives critical views about Prime Minister on social media but in India never before a young girl has been put in jail for sharing a post against the Chief Minister. Is it a crime? If such things happen, people will conclude that West Bengal is in a state of Emergency. I don’t think even Indira Gandhi put anyone behind bars for writing against her on social media.”
He also asserted that BJP will try to approach the Supreme Court in connection with the matter.
“She has just shared a Facebook post. Is it big enough crime to put anyone in jail? BJP strongly condemns it. We hope that the court will give us justice and we will be able to free her. If this continues, freedom of speech will not be left. We will try to file an application in Supreme Court tomorrow,” said Himanta Biswa Sharma.
This is not the first time that Mamata Banerjee has taken action against someone who took a dig on her.
In 2012, Professor Ambikesh Mahapatra of Jadavpur University was arrested for forwarding a cartoon of the chief minister. In the same year, she had termed a student “Maoist” for questioning her government’s policies.