Katju first praises Mamata then calls her ‘intolerant’

Coming down heavily against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Justice (retd) Markandey Katju on Sunday said she was "intolerant" and that "one cannot run a government like this in a democracy". Katju was speaking at a function in the memory of poet-novelist Sunil Gangopadhyay at Press Club here.

The PCI chairman, however, first heaped praise on her for being honest. "She has an interest in aam aadmi, she is a person with great integrity, has no corruption charges against her. She has no account in a foreign bank and she has a simple life style,'' he said.

Soon after, Katju criticised Banerjee for being intolerant and added that she did not listen to others. "In a democracy you take your decisions but only after consulting others. You have to act in a democratic manner...you cannot run a government like this...you have to listen to others...she does not do that...she is intolerant....if you are in a oublic office you will have to bear with criticism,'' Katju said.

Katju said, "She likes people who will salute her...you should have 'no men' too around you.''

The Trinamool Congress refused to react. "It is such a statement that we cannot react,'' Mukul Roy, party general secretary, told The Indian Express.

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