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Mamata blasts ABP group owner Aveek Sarkar

In her Durgapur rally on Wednesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee this time did not target her political opposition but the owner of leading media group in eastern India, Aveek Sarkar.

The Chief Minister categorically named Mr. Sarkar, the owner of the city-based Ananda Bazar Patrika group, and his group for the first time in a public rally.

“Go tell ABP that they are the most destructive element in Bengal. They are conspiring against us because they asked me to forcefully acquire land from farmers. They wanted me to remove urban land ceiling. I cannot do that,” Ms. Banerjee said, accusing Mr. Sarkar of hatching a conspiracy against her government.

“I challenge him [Aveek Sarkar] to contest in the elections. He goes to Delhi and meets [Union Home Minister] Rajnath Singh and asks him to arrest [nephew of the CM] Abhishek [Banerjee] and [Trinamool Congress vice-president] Mukul [Roy]. What interest could the owner of a newspaper have in such a situation? He meets [Congress vice-president] Rahul Gandhi often in Delhi,” Ms. Banerjee said.

“Aveek Sarkar tells me that ‘whatever I serve the people, they will be forced to eat that.’ This is on record,” Ms. Banerjee said.

ABP had not issued any statement on the allegations against the group till the time of going to press.

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