Shillong, June 30: In a first in the state, the ruling party has criticised a leading newspaper house for attempting to “ridicule” Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and “malign” his image by quoting the “unwarranted” language of Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in a story.
A press statement issued by the National People’s Party (NPP) said it “is anguished that a renowned media outlet is falling prey to cheap propaganda of a political party”.
Banerjee had referred to Sangma as “Conman Sangma” and alleged that the current alliance government in Meghalaya “is running “double heist”.
The frontpage story in the newspaper quoted Banerjee in the headline as well as for the word conman.
“We as a political party are not against criticism. However, targeting the head of a State with such spiteful and abusive remarks is not acceptable,” said the NPP statement.
The party also slammed the Trinamool Congress for trying to introduce a culture of “abuse, hostility, mudslinging and misinformation”.
“Our state is not one where electioneering is full of violence and aggression — something not alien to the campaigning style of Trinamool Congress as already demonstrated in many previous instances. This is against our own indigenous culture. Such petty pathways to gain some headway will be rejected by the people of Meghalaya,” the statement added.
Demanding an apology from the newspaper, the NPP questioned the intention of the media house in “maligning” the head of the state. It also threatened to file a defamation in case there is no apology from the media house.