West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was recently in news after she staged an indefinite protest in Kolkata against the CBI’s crackdown on Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. She ended her protest after three days, claiming a moral victory from the Supreme Court, which directed the CBI to not arrest Kumar. Later, Banerjee addressed an impromptu press conference, but refused to answer a question from Arnab Goswami’s reporter, calling Republic TV a ‘BJP channel.’
Right towards the end of the press conference (Watch below), a female reporter from Republic TV asked Banerjee, “CBI has said it in its affidavit that Mr Kumar was heading the SIT..” But even before the Republic TV reporter could finish her question, Banerjee interrupted and said, “Oh My God, Can’t stress enough how much insult you guys heap on others. Why are you asking me a question. You are always negative.”
Why are you asking me a question. You are always negative. You are only BJP channel
But, she had saved her most insulting jibe for Arnab Goswami for the last as she said, “You are only a BJP channel.” Banerjee concluded, “You can do whatever you want, this is your democratic right. I have my democratic right too. You can convey by best regards to Arnab.”
Banerjee had sat on a dharna after a team of 40 CBI personnel reached the residence of Kolkata Police Commissioner. This had led to an unprecedented showdown between the federal probe agency and the local police, which detained the CBI officials and even took some of them to a local police station. The Centre’s Narendra Modi government had to then deploy CRPF troops to guard the local office of the CBI.
Banerjee had received support from most of India’s opposition parties, whose leaders personally called and even visited Kolkata to express their solidarity to the Bengal chief minister.
Republic TV was founded by Goswami with the help of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrsekhar in 2017. The channel has often faced ridicule and condemnation for its blatant support for the BJP and its Hindutva agenda.