‘Taslima serial blocked on Mamata command’
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The minority cell of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal Sunday confirmed that the airing of a TV serial written by controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen was postponed in accordance with the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
"She (Taslima) is a communal force whose work can hurt sentiments of the minority community here and spark a riot," Idris Ali, chairman of All India TMC minority cell said.
He was talking to the reporters on the sidelines of a function organised to announce a team of leaders from the minority communities that would be visiting different parts of the country to woo regional parties and push for Mamata Banerjee as the prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Syed Md Nurur Rahman Barkati, Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, present on the occasion, said, "I told the editor of the channel that Taslima had received a lot of flak for her anti-Islam works and the people of Bengal would not take it lightly if her work was aired."
They were referring to the postponement of Dusahobas, a TV serial based on a story written by Taslima.
Earlier, Ali said that the team, led by Barkati, would visit Delhi, UP Bihar and Jharkhand, among other states and "talk to all secular parties and tell them that only Mamata Banerjee was good enough to fight the communal forces like Narendra Modi and the corruption of Congress."
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